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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [DVD] [2005]

Robert Downey Jr , Val Kilmer , Indio Falconer Downey    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok
  • Directors: Indio Falconer Downey
  • Producers: John Ottman
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BLI0SC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With smart scribe Shane Black both penning the script and behind the camera, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was never going to be ordinary. Yet it’s far better than you could have hoped for, marrying in comedy, action, a bit of a detective work and a constant, knowing wink to the audience.

Cruelly underperforming at the box office, the film finds Robert Downey Jr as a small time thief, who quite literally finds himself stumbling into the world of acting. With a potential role as a private detective in the offing, his agent arranges for him to spend his time with private investigator Val Kilmer. All is fairly light, until a dead body crosses their paths and a genuine mystery presents itself.

And that then sets the scene for a pacey, energetic film spearheaded by a trio of strong performances. The main plaudits should go to the interplay between Kilmer and Downey Jr, who both eat up their respective best roles in years. Meeting them head on though is Michelle Monaghan, who plays a wannabe actress with a talent for fast talking, and looks that Downey Jr’s Harry can’t help but resist.

Now it’s fair to argue that the setup itself doesn’t feel particularly fresh. Yet the execution most certainly is, with Black savvy enough to know when to avoid the genre clichés, and when to drive his script right through the middle of them with a great big grin on his face. Grounded by a splendidly witty narration from Downey Jr, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is, at the point this review is being written, an underappreciated gem. Hopefully time, and DVD, will see it right.--Simon Brew

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film in ages 10 Nov 2006
Format:DVD
As always Robert Downey Jnr makes the film, which is incidentally very witty, intelligent and above all entertaining. In this post modern approach to the dark, pulp fiction crime novels of the fifties the characters are very well defined and the film has a quirky air of unusualness about it. It is a black comedy of the blackest kind, but is oddly more emotionally realistic than the Tarantino films it is compared with.

A must see film for those who wish their films to be engaging and challenging.

Excellent!!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genious 21 July 2006
Format:DVD
This movie is just brilliant. There not much else to say about it, the story is great, the script is great, acting is great. This is one of those films that do not need an Oscar to be great; it is easy, hilarious and smart. I see that some other people comment on the narrating, but that is one of the things that makes this a good film, its ingenuity. It is an original film with a great plot. I just got to say: Buy it! You will love it, I did.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great film.... 1 Jun 2006
By Laebrye
Format:DVD
I saw this in the cinema when it first came out. Regular movie trips had become almost tradition so on one week when we were stuck for something to watch, we folloed the reviews and saw this. I was more than pleasantly surprised. The humour is strong, frequently reducing the audience to fits of laughter. The plot twists and turns and although it can get quite hard to follow the acting is top notch and truly outstanding. The one liners in particular are expertly delivered with fantastic timing.

All in all, a really enjoyable film for anyone who likes intelligent plot lines and great comedy.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Excellent 10 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
I missed this at the movies and didn't know anything about it prior to watching it. What a brilliant film this is. The dialogue is fantastic and makes it one of those films you can watch over and over.

The action is great and the plot is really good too. If you like Coen Bro's films or films like Grosse Pointe Blank then I think you'll love this film (not that it's anything like that film).

I found it to be full of comedy throughout, some of it subtle and some of it slapstick.

The first 20 minutes or so are a bit dis-jointed but once Downey and Kilmer get together the film takes off and never stops.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That rare breed - comedy and film noir 29 Dec 2006
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
And it works! Maybe not 100%, but enough to see why it got a standing ovation at Cannes.

Robert Downey Jr. plays a petty thief, propelled through unlikely circumstance to the Hollywood scene. To prepare for the part he has landed in, he has to team up with Val Kilmer's gay private detective to learn the ropes. However, what should be a run of the mill surveillance, turns out to be a dramatic dumping of a dead body. From there, the twists and revelations and action come thick and fast, with Downey Jr.'s character landing in deeper trouble as he tries hard to impress his childhood crush, played by Shannyn Sossamon. Alas, the plot is overcomplicated - we had to stop the movie and talk amongst ourselves now and again to put together what was happening - but who cares, when the acting and script are so good.

Shane Black, screenwriter of `Lethal Weapon', `The Last Boy Scout' and the `Long Kiss Goodnight', directs for the first time here - and he does it in the same punchy, funny but dark way he writes in. The format is in a Raymond Chandler like style, except obviously much more self referential. The movie starts off as it means to go on, with Downey Jr. narrating, starting with `Hi, I'll be your narrator this evening..'. Even the titles are original, reminiscent of Saul Bass.

Some people will hate it for being different, dark, and not falling into the normal categories, with difficult dark humour - I loved it for all the same reasons. It's worth a watch to make up your own mind!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 30 July 2006
Format:DVD
I hadn't heard of the movie but stumbled over it on Amazon. One of the best films I have seen for a long time. The film is made in a very 'spoof' type of way but IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THAT (someone that watched it with me didn't get that bit)!

Really funny scenes with Val Kilmers character and Robert Downey Jnr. Downey Jnr does an excellent narration for the entire script. A refreshing change from hollywood - more please!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pizza, beer, death 23 May 2007
By Stuart
Format:DVD
best ridiculous fun I've had with a film for ages, and the best Ooops-there's-a-dead-body-in-my-bathroom discovery scene I've ever watched... fell of the sofa laughing. And Kilmer! Finally a film where you don't want to tap him sharply on the head with a soup spoon every two minutes! And Downey is, at last, wonderful. And there is a terribly, terribly attractive young lady too...hang on, let me google her...Michelle Monoghan, yes, jolly nice. Also found the plot key words:Loss Of Sister / Robber / Film Noir / Dead Woman / Electrocution... Excellent beer & pizza evening fun.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By np
Format:DVD
This is a superbly well-written noir parody / tribute to crime fiction and cinema, all the while taking digs at Hollywood. Yes, there is humour - yes, there are laughs, alongside fast, witty dialogue - but the comedy isn't drawn out, and the story is essentially serious and dark.

All the characters have heart and are appealing, and this matters because you'll want to re-watch to get a firm hold of the murder-mystery plot - which does, thankfully, stand up to re-watching scrutiny. And although that plot is complex, the characters make the movie. Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan are both brilliant. Robert Downey Jr's performance is Oscar-worthy.

If you pass this up - as many did, at the cinema - you're missing a gem of a film.

On the other hand, the DVD is sadly feature-free. The visual quality is excellent as should be expected - but the film's all there is on the disc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking
Shane Black lends his whip smart script writing to this film noir set in LA's most happening scene. A case wrong place wrong time and a string of murders throws a thief and private... Read more
Published 9 days ago by T. Cosens
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed opinion
This was OK and Robert Downey Jr is good in it - but it was trying a little too hard to be quirky with all the comments to camera. I found that a little distracting.
Published 1 month ago by ALISON IN FRANCE
5.0 out of 5 stars Under rated - should be a classic
RDJ is amazing in this movie pre Iron Man. Val Kilmer is great as supporting lead. Give it a watch, if you like action movies with a proper storyline as far fetched as this one... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rachel Strong
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best movie no one's ever heard of.
I've never seen this movie advertised, or even seen snippets of it in movie compilations. It's not on any watch-lists, and or on any top-tens. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BobbyDylan
5.0 out of 5 stars It's literally like someone took America by the East Coast and shook...
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is written and directed by Shane Black. It stars Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good light entertainment
The actors play their roles well, the adventure sequences are well done, and if you like RDJ, you'll like this no matter what. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Film noir lovers must see film
If you like films with a modern take on film noir this is a film for you.
It has two strong lead performances from Robert Downey Jnr and Val Kilmer - a return to form... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs N M Gifford Cowan
2.0 out of 5 stars Came in time but abysmal movie
What else do I say the title doesn't convey? A real mistake for Robert Downey Jnr. Thumbs down!! But hey the price was good.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs R Tomb
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but not one to watch with your mum as language a bit blue.
Great film, well worth a watch. Robert Downey jr is great. Val Kilmer shows a great tongue in cheek role
Published 9 months ago by B. Ramsay
5.0 out of 5 stars "This business. Real life? Boring."
Simply an amazing film, even on repeat viewing, because you notice all the tiny details that foreshadow events of the film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Viridescences
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