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Another Take: ReelBob: ‘Val’ ★★★★½

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By Bob Bloom

A poignancy, which I will describe later, hangs over the wild and unfettered documentary “Val.”

The movie is compiled from thousands of hours of home movies, videotapes and film reels shot by actor Val Kilmer. It examines not just his life and career, but his Quixotic search for absolute artistic truth.

Throughout much of his career, Kilmer was labeled difficult — hemlock for any actor trying to work steadily.

Kilmer earned that distinction because he wanted not only to bring the characters he played to life but reveal truths about them and — by extension — us.

Like the vast majority of us, Kilmer’s life was marked by joy and sadness, triumph and tragedy.

Read the rest on Substack!

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