If you are looking for a dark, mysterious and extremely funny film-noir, you’ve come to the right place. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is, without a doubt, one of my favorite crime-comedies of all time, and if you know any other of the writer and directors’ (Shane Black) work, you will know what I mean when I say that he is hysterical. Image

Shane Black (Lethal Weapon 1&2, The Long Kiss Goodnight) is my favorite screen writer. Period. He is a very funny man, who is able to take what would usually be quite a stereotypical film-noir crime movie and make it very memorable. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. who plays Harry Lockhart, a petty crook who accidentally finds himself impressing some film producers who mistake his outburst of panic as method acting, and fly him immediately to LA where he finds himself at a party. Here, he meets Perry Van Shrike (Val Kilmer), a private detective/film consultant, also known as Gay Perry, (You’d never guess that he was gay!) and his childhood crush who is trying to become an actress, Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan). 

After witnessing a body dumping and accidentally shooting the body in the head, Harry and Perry find that they can not go to the police without Perry being seen as a suspect, and tied in with the apparent suicide of Harmony’s sister (who is convinced that Harry is a private detective), the three of them end up on the case to find what is going on, and who is increasing the body count in LA.

Image

Gay Perry is a VERY funny and sarcastic character, (“Badly is an adverb! Who taught you grammar?” and Harry Lockhart makes the perfect foolish sidekick, often made the butt of the joke in this film. (“Look up the definition of idiot in the dictionary, know what you’ll find?” “…A picture of me?” “No! The definition of idiot, which you f****** are!”)

Usually I really do not enjoy  a narrator in a movie, but Harry proves to be a useless and yet hilarious voice over for the plot. (“I don’t see another narrator, do you?”) 

Verdict: So, a great mystery movie with a lot of wit, a hysterical script and excellent acting. Still one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. 5/5.

Advertisements