Killer's Kiss Reviews
Regardless, it was a pretty interesting story, although short. How about that mannequin factory fight scene, huh? I thought it was really original and interesting and the fight sequence seemed very genuine.
Overall, it was a great movie. It was really cool to see a director and one of my biggest inspirations sort of hone in on his craft and generate his own style almost like watching a genius in the making.
Davey Gordon is a veteran boxer who is constantly losing thanks to its age. Eventually he meets a woman named Gloria, who lives next to his department and the two start to bond causing the anger and jealousy of the Gloriaīs employer Vincent.
The silver screen has provided hundreds of boxing movies that are primarily a drama like the first "Rocky" and "Raging Bull". So what does Killerīs Kiss has to offer? "Killerīs Kiss" is an independent film noir that has decent acting by a cast of filled with nobodies, a pretty energetic and somewhat memorable score that's used wisely, gorgeous locations, a well executed noir style, the camera movements and angles are amazing considering the filmīs limitations (you can see the beginning of Kubrick style), a masterful use of light, a well used fast pacing, a simple story that manages to hold your attention throughout the filmīs short running time, a clean cut script that gets numerous elements right despite its short length, and a memorable/ intense climax that mimics a boxing match and provides some iconic imagery. With all that being said, "Killerīs Kiss" is mostly a forgettable film thanks to its financial/creative limitations and Kubrickīs inexperience. It's not fair to compare this little film noir to his latter works due to his inexperience but it is also not fair to give this slightly above average film a pass due to it has Kubrickīs name on its credits. Sure, it has the earlier signs of his genius (the reason why this film needs to be seen) but at the same time it leaves no impact in its audience.
"Killerīs Kiss" is a well made film that shows the potential of a young filmmaker but it is ultimately a forgettable drama that serves more as an exercise for Kubrickīs directing abilities than a standalone film.