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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [Blu-ray]
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KISS KISS BANG BANG is a lot of fun. Walking into the theater you don't expect such a rambunctious, talky, endlessly yakking movie. You have to be on your toes, narratologically speaking, the entire time, and don't try leaing your seat to use the restroom, you'll have missed probably the entire point of the movie. Does even Shane Black know the story he's written, and why the three women who meet their maker got so confused that neither the police, the detectives, nor the gang that killed them seem to be able to piece them apart, like the old shell game.
The movie is stunning to look at besides. The credits are impeccable; we've seen numerous movie credits designed to resemble the old time look of the Bond films, but this one, in rusty shades of orange and black, is stylish and exciting. In general the designers of the movie deserve awards.Read more ›
"KKBB" opens with an explosion of activity in which Harry a petty thief, while in the process of a robbery and running from the police, accidentally bursts into a room in which actors are being auditioned for a movie dealing with private eyes. He is thrust into service as an auditionee and is asked to screen test...moving closer to actually nabbing the movie role. And so it goes: one incredible and often hilarious plot twist after another.
Downey, always a charming performer and who may be a bit too old for this part, in that he is supposed to be the same age as the smart, funny and adorable Michelle Monaghan who plays his childhood friend, Harmony Faith Lane...a great name, by-the-way. But be that as it may, the interplay between Monaghan and Downey as well as that with Val Kilmer as Gay Perry, a gay P.I. (I kid you not) is priceless: all are operating on the very highest level of their performing careers.
Not every thing works in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" but at least Black, by way of his throw in everything but the kitchen-sink style of directing, exhibits the cojones to play with the conventions of the detective story/thriller movie and make it work...most of the time: you must often risk the ridiculous in order to achieve the sublime is a lesson that Black has seemed to have learned very well.
The plot revolves around Harry Lockhart played by Robert Downey Jr., a petty thief turned aspiring actor who soon finds himself in the midst of an old fashioned film noir plot. Val Kilmer plays Gay Perry, a private detective who is hired to show Harry the ropes for his potential new role. When someone from Harry's past shows...actually, the plot is really just a MacGuffin for the two actors to spout off clever lines at one another, and the movie itself seems keenly aware of this. In fact, Robert Downey's character narrates the film complete with fourth wall shattering comments (such as referencing the audiences in Times Square). His narration could have come off as annoying, but thanks to the strong script and funny delivery it works perfectly.
The entire film is really just an excuse for these two actors to play off of each other, and they do a fantastic job. Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. can be two of the most frustrating actors. Sometimes they can seem so self-conscious that it's painful, and other times they can turn in a role that singlehandedly makes the movie (Val Kilmer in Tombstone for example). Here they're at the top of their game. They play off of each other perfectly. If you like smart sardonic humour, then you'll like this movie.
It's so difficult these days to find a good comedy that this movie felt refreshing. It feels like it has been over a decade since I've actually laughed out loud in a movie theatre.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny and suspenseful at the same time. Anything with Robert Downey Jr in it is a winner in my book.Published 10 days ago by Patricia Bass
Lots of language and nudity. Doesn't flow well as a film. Waste of money. It's a shame because it has such good actors in it. Disappointed.Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
Not a great movie, a little slow. I watched it because I was surprised I hadn't heard of it, and now I know why.Published 14 days ago by Debbie
It's Downey's best, one of Kilmer's best, one of Black's best, and Monaghan shines.
'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang' is one of the most hysterically funny, intriguing, and atmospheric... Read more
I rented Kiss Kiss Bang Bang after watching the trailer for The Nice Guys. I'm familiar with Shane Blacks works and I knew about KKBB. Read morePublished 2 months ago by boobless
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|Why do they keep bringing out Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs?||
I agree, the combo idea is a terrible one. HD-DVD player owners absolutely do not want to pay extra for the DVD side that we will never use. I also highly doubt that many people who don't own an HD-DVD player want to spend twice as much for a combo disc instead of the regular DVD. They really... Read More
Jul 16, 2007 by Joe DeAngelo | See all 3 posts
|Why doesn't my review get published? There is something funny going on...||
"...private detective named Gay Perry, who sidelights as a consultant for movie..."
And the Amazon review uses a made-up word 'sidelights.' There is no such thing as 'sidelighting.'
Sep 9, 2006 by CDaniels | See all 2 posts
|DVD of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||
The DVD for other regions came out already. The US region disc isn't coming out til June.
May 2, 2006 by Scott Kilpatrick | See all 2 posts
|German sound track, region 1?||Be the first to reply|
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