“Val” Is The Movie That Everyone Will Be Talking About
Written by Tony Schultz on August 12, 2021
Recently I started to see trailers and ads popping up about a movie called “Val”. I knew immediately that it was about the actor, Val Kilmer who had a great career from the mid-80s to the early 2000s. When I was a kid there were two movies I could watch over and over, one was “Star Wars” and the other was an over the top comedy called “Top Secret”. The latter had an unknown actor, Kilmer portraying a rock ‘n roll star going to play in Germany and the zany high jinks that went with it as he gets involved with a military resistance organization. It was one of those super goofy movies that just made you laugh in the most ridiculous ways. A few years later I got introduced to the 80s comedy “Real Genius” starring Val once again. His eccentric portrayal of a kid genius that was now in college was filled with the kind of charm that was pretty unmatched at the time. For our younger audience he was the 80s version of Ryan Reynolds with that similar charm and ability. Now most know him as Iceman from “Top Gun” or even as Michael Keaton’s replacement as Batman as those were huge commercial hits. However, his most commanding role was that of Jim Morrison in “The Doors”. He then won over more fans playing Doc Holiday in the movie “Tombstone” where his line, “I’ll be your huckleberry” has gained movie quote legendary status. Over the years he gained a reputation of being difficult to work with, but still was in many major motion pictures. Unfortunately, he developed throat cancer and had to have a breathing tube placed in his neck. He has essentially lost his voice. “Val” paints a wonderful picture of Mr. Kilmer and gives a look inside his life without coming off as self serving or as a pity party. It simply tells his story. As a fan there were many times I got choked up watching. When award season comes around I expect to see this on many lists. If you have the chance you can check it out on Amazon Prime.