102 Min. | Comedy – Crime – Mystery | November 2005
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Director: Shane Black
Staring: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Review: The immensely likable novel “Bodies are where you find them”, written by Brett Halliday, has been adapted for the screen by Shane Black and the result is one of the funniest movies playing around. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” boasts an amazing dialog with some of the wittiest lines of any film in recent memory. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang pays a tremendous bonus to fans of the genre, which combines a detective story technique with some amusement and irony thrown in. The result is a fun time at the movies. Mr. Halliday pays tribute to those forgotten cheap pulp fiction novels that were so popular at one time in this country.
The director has to be congratulated for combining the talents of two actors that pay off in unexpected ways. Robert Downey Jr., one of the best film actors, is paired in this movie with Val Kilmer, who tends to play heavy roles, but has never been seen as he is shown in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Both these men compliment one another in ways we didn’t expect. The chemistry between them seems to indicate these two actors had a lot of fun while making the film, as it shows in the way they play against one another. Lovely Michelle Monaghan is seen as Harmony, a beautiful young hopeful working her way up in Hollywood. Also in the cast Corbin Bernsen, who is seen as Harlan Dexter. Larry Miller has a few brief moments in the picture.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang struggles a bit at the end, but it was so much fun to watch nonetheless. The Teaser Trailer came out today, so you might want to watch that. Luckily doesn’t already show you the best parts. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” is a witty and intelligent film. Thanks to its director, Shane Black, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a film to be treasured. One of the year’s best films and one of those rare movies where you’ll consistently find something new to laugh at, when viewed each of a dozen times.