Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Reviews
Final Grade: A+
Final Grade: A+
This was an entertaining approach to a crime noir movie. RDJ served as both character and narrator, and his narrations were witty and hilarious. The way he gives his and Michelle's backstories is hysterical and self-aware. The film score was appropriate for the style of film presented. Like other Shane Black movies, KKBB establishes an environment and specific time period, this movie being early 2000's LA at Christmas. Shane Black always does a great job making his sets come to life, and this movie is no exception. Val Kilmer delivers what is probably one of his funniest roles; he really steals the show whenever he's on-screen. RDJ is always enjoyable, and Monaghan delivers despite her character being very wishy-washy.
There are a few things that hold this movie back. The plot of the case, especially its resolution, is a bit confusing. Also, there were some scenes where the noir-style was abandoned in favor of a will-they-won't-they romance between RDJ and Monaghan. The scenes were good, but they just didn't fit in with the overall film.
Overall, this is a good movie and a solid directorial debut for Shane Black. It isn't as good as The Nice Guys, but it's definitely watchable. If you like his movies, these actors, or crime-noir movies, go watch Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.
Final grade: B
'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' succeeds with flying colours, ticking off everything on it's checklist: it's funny, mysterious, beautifully shot and features 2 brilliant performances from the buddy-cop duo of Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. My only complaint would be the pacing, other than that the movies a blast!