Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (DVD)
Starring Robert Downey Jr. et al
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This comedic thriller stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a struggling New York actor/small-time thief who goes to L.A. for a movie role as a private detective. Paired up with a gay P.I. (Val Kilmer) as research for the part, Downey finds himself unexpectedly reunited with his high school crush (Michelle Monaghan) while trying to solve a series of murders.
george, South Africa. 16 January 2008
Val Kilmer plays a Hollywood private detective who is far too cynical about his work. At a wealthy client's party he stumbles onto a petty thief played by Robert Downey Jr. who is accidentally hired as an actor after he runs into a screening set in an attempt to escape from the police after he is caught breaking into a toy store stealing Christmas presents. Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. accidentally team up and Downey ends up being Kilmer's side kick in the strange events that follow. Both of them become embroiled in solving the murder of a young girl whose body they stumble upon. Without knowing who really is his client Kilmer has hilarious nervous breakdowns and tantrums while Downey plays the self righteous troubled soul to perfection. What follows is a hilarious, emotional and chaotic chase to catch the bad guys and avoid all the flying bullets right up to the happy ending.
Lee, Sandton. 4 April 2006
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is the first qualified cinematic masterpiece of this century. it has been criminally overlooked by those who dispense awards and so on, but then again which classic was ever accept on initial release?
Robert Downey jnr is as exceptional in this as any other of the many (acting!) highs of his career, dare i say even surpassing the work he did in Chaplin. as for Val Kilmer, well, how he did not get an Oscar nomination for this is beyond me. outside of Wonderland, this surely must be his greatest cinematic outing to date.
the contrived, layered plot is almost beyond words. you can't sum it up in an easy sentence. the best i can do is say this is pure, modernised pulp fiction; and for that genre it is a success where "Pulp Fiction", looking more and more tired with each passing year, was close to a failure. i understand that Pulp Fiction was dear to many people, so i choose my words carefully - this film is that kind of storytelling done properly.
the DVD looks somewhat disappointing - you have two "bad boys" of Hollywood in a film by the notorious, if not infamous, writer Shane Black, making an astonishing directing debut, and yet there seems to be no extras whatsoever?
never mind, this film doesn't need gimmicks to sell it.
seeing this movie will enhance your life. not seeing it will probably have no adverse effect, but why not live a little?
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