Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
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From producer Joel Silver and screenwriter Shane Black, both of Lethal Weapon fame, comes an action-comedy spoof of rough-and-tumble buddy films--Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. A private detective (Val Kilmer - Alexander), a thief posing as a struggling actor (Robert Downey Jr. - Gothika) and an actual struggling actress (Michelle Monaghan - The Bourne Supremacy) become entangled in a murder mystery filled with twists, turns, betrayal and, most importantly, romance.]]>
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It's black humor, stupid humor, kinda sadistic, it jumps all around with nothing other than Downey acting
as a narrator. Actually, I think I dislike this movie but didn't want to!
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ticks every box. I definitely recommend it.
Shane Black (famed for his screenplays on the Lethal Weapon series) makes his directing debut and comes up with an unmitigated winner. In this lively, darkly funny feature, Black successfully integrates slick production values with a witty, tangled, self-referential script and smoking performances from his actors. At the same time, Black turns topsy-turvy several conventions in the action buddy genre to which he himself has amply contributed.
The actors are very good here; one could sense the fun they were having. The three leads have combustible chemistry. Val Kilmer endows Gay Perry with a perfect balance of machismo, intelligence and world-weary air. And wicked, deadpan sarcasm. I haven't seen Michelle Monaghan before but she is a revelation as Harmony Faith Lane. Harmony is decidedly smart, is delightfully down to earth, and has had life experience. Yet, she retains a modicum of adolescent innocence. It's pretty obvious why Harry's jonesing for her. Hopefully, we see more of the sexy Michele in future films. But it is Robert Downey, Jr. who shines the most. His charisma is still intact, his wry, droll acting skills still very much present for us to savor. He's still very, very likable. I had fun listening to his dry, teasing narrative voice-over, which he delivers in a laid-back, natural fashion. I think Downey, Jr. is an actor I'll always root for. Two words: sequel, please.
The Special Features section could have had more goodies. But what it does have is pretty sweet: A funny film commentary by Shane Black, Robert Downey, Jr. and Val Kilmer; an outtake reel; and a theatrical trailer.
I went out of my way to see this and was glad I did. The audience of ALL ages laughed so loud and so long I missed a few hundred jokes, but that didn't detract from the movie there is so much so fast so funny so furious you HAVE to see it again. It's that good.
It's a noir satire, L.A movie biz satire, L.A. satire with the best performances by both the lead actors ever given. There is this desperation by it's main characters that carries over into the film that is similar to Max Bialistock's greed in the Producers. I am going to buy the dvd and will see how it plays at home but just looking back at the experience of seeing it makes me laugh. Other reveiws will illuminate the story for you but I am more interested in giving others a reason to see this. Sadly theaters make it cheaper easier to buy the movies, usually uncut delivered to your home rather than going out to see them so get some friends and watch the movie. Bring a box of kleenex for the tears of laughter. This is going to make fools of those in the biz who did not market the movie better.