Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
SeX. MurdEr. MyStery. Welcome to the party.
A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who's been training him for his upcoming role...
He played Iron Man, a black man, Charlie Chaplin, and Wesley Snipes AIDS stricken best friend, but I'm certain Robert Downey Jr's best performance was as The Amazing Harold (formerly Harold the Great).
He played Batman, Iceman, Jim Morrison, and Doc Holliday, but I'm positive that Val Kilmer's best performance was as Gay Perry (also, he's gay).
He wrote Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Iron Man 3, but I'm pretty sure the best thing Shane Black ever did was Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
It kisses, it bangs, and it entertains, but the best thing this film does is...
cocaine. Sorry I know there probably isn't any cocaine in this film, but I can't think of…
The thing about this movie that makes it so special to me is the fact that no matter how many times I've watched it before, it always (and I mean always) manages to crack me up and leave me gasping for air. Val Kilmer is the bomb.
But yeah, it's 2:01 AM and I'm too tired to write a decent review so yeah, um... This movie is funny. (!)
I guess I watched this a little late for Christmas, but there's never a bad time to rewatch this slice of genre-mash-up magic. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a comedy, an action-adventure, a murder mystery, and a romance. It's also an excessive amount of fun that never gets old no matter how many times you rewatch it. When I say "you," I mean the awesome people who've seen/love this. If you don't fall into those categories, I feel sorry for you. Good times await you on this harrowing and hilarious journey.
Our protagonist (and excellent, if a little too self-deprecating narrator) Harry finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery after his job as a petty thief lands him an acting…
For some reason I'd ignored this for some time. Not sure why, it just seems to have flew under my radar. Thankfully I've rectified my mistake.
What an incredible amount of fun. Can't single out my favorite dialogue/moment as I would be here all day. Downey beginning getting his career back in order and three years before Iron Man is a great foil for the events around him. Showing the quick wit and humour that would be his trademark when he would finally get back into the A-list it's a wonderful performance that coupled with some hilarious narration may be his finest.
Kilmer though is even better. "Gay" Perry may be one of my favourite characters that have seen in…
Wow, I feel sore. I mean physically, not like a guy who's angry in a movie in the 1950's - Harry
Sore is how my sides are after watching this again. The 'single bullet in the gun' scene is one of the funniest scenes ever!
Downey Jnr, Val Kilmer and Shane Black somehow take a moderately decent detective story and weave it into something magical!
The script is pretty much perfect, I don't understand how Shane Black has barely done anything since? Having written some amazing scripts, with this being the best, he has pretty much disappeared!
Ironman and Iceman together is a brilliant combo, mix in Michelle Monaghans flawless legs, a severed finger and a bittersweet ending and you have the near perfect film!!
It seems reductive to compare something so fresh and original to other films, but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang feels like a hybrid mix of Lethal Weapon, Out of Sight, Chinatown, Midnight Run and Tarantino movies. It's got that perfect "buddy cop" chemistry, the unravelling mystery plot, the noir-ish sensibilities, the smart meta dialogue and fourth-wall shattering, the riotous black humour, the sharp, lightning-quick quips, the note-perfect timing, the surprising violence, the stylish, inventive direction, the sublime casting, the highly watchable characters... it's got everything, and nails every aspect to an absolute T.
So naturally, it's fucking awesome.
From the terrific chemistry between Robert Downey, Jr. and a never-better Val Kilmer to the outstanding, hilarious script from Shane Black, everything is worthy of so much praise. It's hilarious, clever and highly entertaining, weaving a deceptive, excellent story around the genuine laugh-out-loud comedy.
If you love films in any way, this is a must see.
Weird that this movie has aged much better than I remembered it. I remember at the time there seemed to be a glut of these post-Guy Ritchie/post-Tarantino crime/caper films and I think I mostly threw this one into the pile, not realizing it's more of a tribute to the Philip Marlowe/Raymond Chandler style of books and films. Normally I'm not big into these meta, hyper self-aware films, but the chemistry between the cast and that dynamite script overcome any of those preconceived notions. The pre-epilogue ending might be a little too "actiony" for a film of this caliber, though.
Tony Stark as a thug and actor!
This is the first pre-2008 film I have seen that stars Robert Downey Jr., and it is easy to see how he was able to complete his comeback. Having just seen Iron Man 3, there were a lot of similarities between the two films. Other than having the same director and lead actor, the Christmas setting(a common backdrop for Shane Black's films) and the Downey narration were two things that stood out.
The tongue-in-cheek narration was a little annoying at first, but it set in after a while. I decided it was a storytelling technique that I am not used to seeing, and so the film was something original. I ended up liking it more than Iron Man 3, probably because the running time for KISS KISS BANG BANG was a good 30 minutes shorter. This helped keep the detective story front and center, and the film never dragged on as a result.
La vi enferma y me puso de buen humor. Meta, meta. Como un Community antes de Iron Man con Robert Downey Junior y Val Kilmer gay.
such a fun movie. great comedy, great acting, good script...
ejercicio de metalenguaje sobre la base de una comedia noir. Brillantemente escrito, dirigido e interpretado. Un pecado que una película así pasase tan desapercibida en su momento. Quizás ahora con el estreno de Iron Man 3 (perpetrada por el mismo guionista/director y uno de sus actores principales) sea recuperada, haciéndole, por lo menos, algo de justicia.
Why did it take me so long to watch this film?
Ridiculous and brilliant in equal measures. Great stunts and dialogue all the way through.