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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (DVD)
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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (DVD)
Advantages: Smart, funny movie with a great cast
Disadvantages: No DVD extras!
Shane Black (Lethal Weapon series)
Robert Downey Jr (Zodiac, Good Night and Good Luck)
Val Kilmer (Batman Forever, The Saint)
Michelle Monaghan (The Bourne Supremacy, Mission Impossible 3)
Play.com - £4.99
This is very complicated so try and keep up. Harry (Downey Jr) is a thief, who accidentally ends up being taken to Hollywood after his partner is killed and when escaping stumbles into an audition. He is swept off to LA to audition seriously for a police drama film and is paired up with Private Detective Gay Perry (Kilmer) to learn the trade. When in LA he meets childhood friend Harmony (Monaghan) who is an aspiring actress there. Harry and Harmony both shared a love of old Johnny Gossamer spy books as kids, which comes in handy when her sister kills herself, Harry and Perry witness a murder, then a body is dumped in Harry's shower. So the three of them must dump the body before they are implicated in a murder, then solve who the body is and the connection to the suicide before they are killed. See I told you it was complicated.
This is one of the smartest and most different films to come out of Hollywood for years. Harry's character narrates and it is very jumpy along a timeline - sometimes it stops in between frames to explain a point he has forgotten. But even though this takes a few minutes to get used to it all ads to the charming film noir style.
This is the perfect role for Downey Jr as the petty thief turned wise-cracking detective. He is witty and incredibly funny, and despite everything that is thrown at him (including losing a finger and urinating on a corpse) you are routing for him.
It is also nice to see Kilmer in an unusual role for him as the overly camp Gay Perry.
I only stumbled across this by accident as I hadn't heard much about it, but I am so glad I did. This combines gangsters, romance, comedy, and an element of a thriller.
Not to give too much away the ending is slightly predictable, but this is still done in a mickey taking way.
This is not one of those films you can just have on in the background - you do really need to concentrate on it, there are two or three different things going on at any time but I suppose this means it is watchable again and again.
It is rammed with laugh out loud comedy, cringe-worthy moments and clever twists and turns
The only real downside to this is that there are no DVD extras which is a bit of a shame for such a modern film.
Just so you know this does have a lot of swearing, violence and nudity in, so if you are offended by this I would maybe give this a miss.
Summary: Film that not many people know about, but is worth watching