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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Movie Reviews

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09/27/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Comedy like they don't make 'em anymore.

So in the midst of Robert Downey Jr.'s comeback, one of the funniest writers in the world (Shane Black) and one of the funniest people (RDJ) came together and made what was going to be their comedy milestone.
And then… NOBODY SAW IT.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a criminally (haha) underrated black comedy crime film, displaying just about everything that needed to be to make a great comeback, so the fact that it performed so poorly at the box office is an even bigger mystery than the film's premise to me.

Black has proven he can write excellent characters, and follows in the footsteps of Lethal Weapon here. Lots of tongue-in-cheek humor deriving from dialogue, many non-linear fashioned gags and crimes and a general feeling of a broken fourth wall.
In fact, it's so obnoxious and stupid i...

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06/17/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

RDJ does work!

I haven't seen a LA based crime movie in a while and I must say that this was well worth the time spent watching it. It starts with the story of a thief who mistakingly gets taken on for a film when he stumbles into an audition room running from the cops. While he is in Hollywood he experiences a murder and learns of a possible second one that hits close to home. The film then delves into solving the crime and the usual. What makes this movie so great is the chemistry between the lead actors. Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr do so well together. They never truly become friends but still have a good working relationship. Bridget Monaghan is also very good in her role and portrays the emotions she has to as well as she can. She and RDJ have a love one minute hate the next kind of thing going...

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12/23/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Yojimbo

An aspiring actor relocates to L.A. to become embroiled in a murder conspiracy involving his high school sweetheart and a gay private eye. I'm a big fan of Film Noir so this pastiche from Shane Black was always going to be right up my alley and it didn't disappoint. It's perfectly cast, with Downey who had been in the wilderness for the previous few years reminding everyone why we liked him so much and he plays off Kilmer's dismissive hard-boiled pro detective brilliantly. The post-modern narration is also a master stroke and I even loved the title sequence. Towards the climax Black reverts to type and shrugs off the witty noir deconstruction to settle back into the usual 80s style macho excess that he made his name on but at least he plays the irony card and age has tempered his misogyny...

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