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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 Jrs Harry cant help but resist.
Now its fair to argue that the setup itself doesnt 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
Good film well directed by Shane black who also wrote the screen play with some great performance s by Robert Downey and val kilmerPublished 3 months ago by mr morris
This unfairly overlooked - if sometimes uneven -parody of detective and noir films (that has moments of feeling like a real thriller itself) is extremely well acted. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Gordon
Amazing acting by Robert Downey Jr, and Val Kilmer.A paced movie that doesn't rest on its laurels till its over. A movie I'll be seeing a lot of times!Published 3 months ago by Tord Eriksson
I'm giving this 2 stars because it wasn't quite bad enough to switch off before the end. However, if you are fortunate enough not to have seen it, don't bother. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DJ Dod
Needlessly complex. Would have been interesting and mildly entertaining if it was more straightforward.Published 4 months ago by paulus
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