"Kiss" this funny film
In the genre of comedies with a film noir bent there are, well, there
is really only one, and that is Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Oh sure, there
have been comedies that used the film noir milieu as their setting, but
really no film has attempted to be both a comedy and a noir thriller at
the same time. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is definitely that, and it does a
generally good job of working in both universes, although it is
certainly a more effective comedy than a noir, but it gives the latter
a good shot.
Harry (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a crook ripping off a department store in
New York City (trying to steal a present for his daughter, no less)
when a twist of fate causes the alarm to sound and Harry runs for it,
happening upon an audition for a film featuring a police detective. The
producer (Larry Miller) immediately thinks Harry is method acting and
packs him on a plane for L.A. There, at a party, Harry meets "Gay"
Perry (Val Kilmer) a real private detective who is a friend of the
producer who will give Harry "Detective Lessons." Oh, and he's gay,
hence the name. At the same party, Harry runs into a girl who turns out
to be his high school unrequited love, Harmony (Michelle Monaghan),
whom he tries, and stumbles, to be build a renewed relationship with.
When Perry and Harry go out on a surveillance job, as part of Harry's
detective classes, they end up with a dead body and men chasing them.
The situation becomes even more complicated, with the apparent suicide
of Harmony's younger sister and connections to a rich former actor
(Corbin Bernsen). What appeared to be just a routine job becomes a
complicated web of lies, deceit and bodies.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was written and directed by Shane Black, the
writer of the original Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and The Long
Kiss Goodnight, and anyone familiar with his work from those films will
instantly recognize his style here. Black is one of a select few
(principally only Kevin Smith otherwise) who can write absolutely
hilarious dialogue that is interlaced with copious profanity and not
have it seem excessive. His gift for witty repartee is impressive, and
a great many scenes in Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang are absolutely roll on the
floor, bust a gut funny as Harry and Perry verbally jab at each other
(A good example: Perry: "Do you know what you will find if you look up
the word idiot in the dictionary?" Harry: "A picture of me?" Perry:
"No, the definition of idiot, which is what you are!"). Most of this
film rides on the collaboration of these two characters, and they both
pull off their scenes beautifully.
At the same time, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is a film noir, complete with
voice over narration, and an appropriately twisty plot. These elements
of the film are played with a certain amount of levity and
self-awareness, especially the narration, which Downey delivers with a
wink and a nod to the audience. It plays more like a screenwriters
commentary on a narrative, and while it adds to the appropriate feel of
a noir, it does so with a unique bent on it. The plot is indeed full of
twists and turns, and even when it comes together at the end, we get a
sense that everything has been resolved without really knowing every
little detail. The light tone, and the strong identification with the
characters defuses whatever questions there are left at the end. This
is a film that is driven by it's energy and it's dialogue, not its
Downey, Kilmer and Monaghan are all excellent in their roles. Downey's
performance is so strong that you can't help but forget his real world
troubles and be pulled in by what a terrific performer he is. Kilmer is
also great in one of his better performances in a while. He really
sells Perry as a hard nosed detective who is more concerned with not
getting his nose too far into where it doesn't belong who eventually
has to realize that he needs to do the right thing. Monaghan is also
effective in her role, playing a somewhat clich.
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Loving Robert Downey Jr. so much!! And trying to watch movies he appeared!!.
Loving Robert Downey Jr. so much!! And trying to watch movies he appeared!! .
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The best unexpected romance since True Romance... awesome and funny
I normally don't like things that are too ingrained in a specific
culture to have international/universal relevance... being new to L.A.,
some of the things (specific to her start in acting) horrified and
disgusted me.. but not because the film maker got it wrong. This writer
and the director are amazingly apt and talented at capturing the humor
and wit in the most grim situations.... unlike the crap that is Knocked
up, both these characters are show as 2 clear personalities with
distinctive drives and motivations (even their wounds and broken
aspects are not hidden or concealed)... their interactions among each
other (when the 2 main characters re-meet each other) are filled with
depth and resonate with something any romantic and cynic can relate to:
the nostalgia of your "first love" or crush or best girl/guy pal when
you were a kid. That special place you always have for the kids that
were part of your magic show, your secret ninja club etc... is tapped
perfectly to create a sense of dreams had and altered by the reality
that is L.A.
Robert Downey Jr. rocks the screen.. his performance literally lifts
your spirits.. he is alive on so many levels - and Val Kilmer is
hysterical, brilliant, sensitive. I had no idea who our lead girl was
but she is so awesomely mischievous and self-aware in all the right
ways for this role.. brilliant chemistry between everybody ( I hate to
harp on "Knocked Up" but that movie just embarrassed me in how horribly
miscast everybody was for everybody else.. the older of the 2 little
girls is the only person that seems to belong in that failed attempt to
capture a modern romance). Unlike "Knocked Up" bad caricature, Kiss
Kiss is one delight after another, balls and cutting edge insights on
the nasty parts (and amusing ironies) that are living in L.A.
love it... love it love... did I mention I love it?.