Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)
Critic Consensus: Tongue-in-cheek satire blends well with entertaining action and spot-on performances in this dark, eclectic neo-noir homage.
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
The plot of the film is almost willfully convoluted. But it's also largely beside the point, an excuse for quite a few good scenes, most of them equal parts homage and subversion.
Kiss Kiss is such a delightful bombardment, we barely notice that Black's convoluted, serpentine plot doesn't make a lick of sense.
Jumpy and ironic, Downey is a quicksilver delight and Kilmer is funny as the gay Perry.
[Robert Downey Jr. is] the quickest, sharpest, slyest and wryest comic actor on the screen.
A sarky, sniping film noir homage that assassinates the character of every LA archetype you could imagine.
Audience Reviews for Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
I don't know - doesn't the plot have to make a little bit of sense? The last scene where Downey brings down a whole gang of bad guys is so far fetched. But the movie is pretty funny and Monaghan is pretty sexy.
Realistically written and directed by Shane Black, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" is one of the best fins in it's genre, admitting every little cliche throughout the film, even if they are minor. Robert Downey Jr.'s narration is hilarious and engaging, making for a much more fun ride than what could have been. A criminal mistaken for an actor, finds himself hired for a starring role in a feature film, while also getting involved with a crime investigation, leading to some hilarity and mayhem. There about four cliched stories meshed together to create a very original and witty buddy adventure. It has been a while since I have seen a film that I loved both for action and humour. Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer are fantastic together, and the script is so cleverly written that there are some scenes where I forgot I was watching the central story, because it throws so many fastballs at you, that you believe you are watching many different films. As odd as that may seem, it works so insanely well. There are a few tonal shifts that bugged me, but I otherwise loved every bit of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."
While Downey, Kilmer and Mognahan all deliver spot on, nuanced performances the real star here is director/writer Shane Black who's knowledge, vision, and insight power this neo-noir past the usual fish-out-of-water detective cliches (Downey as a small town petty burglar and nicest guy in the film posing as an film actor posing as a private detective posing as the narrator of the film in big city L.A. for the first time) into a compliment/indictment of the movie community (like hating the one you love or loving the one you hate or something like that). Well informed and absolutely riotous. The story ceases to make sense or even to matter and I didn't care. It's a lovingly cynical film by a cynical guy about a cynical town in that most cynical of film motifs, the noir. I actually don't think Downey has played any other character but this one since this has been made.
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Quotes
|Harmony Faith Lane:||You could sleep here, but it would only be sleeping, Harry. If that's going to frustrate you...|
|Harry Lockhart:||You slept with Chuck Chutney! You slept with Chuck Chutney!|
|Gay Perry:||That's impossible. They don't even know you. They couldn't possibly...|
|Harry Lockhart:||No, they couldn't. You're right. And since the body can't be here and this is all a dream and oh look, there's Elmo the Elf. Good morning Elmo. What's in your basket?|
|Gay Perry:||Okay. You've got thirty of my fucking seconds. Thrill me.|
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