Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 2005Warner Bros., Silver Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by Shane Black, based in part on the novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .   

If L.A. Confidential was written by a wisecracking shit-disturber, you’d end up with this incredibly entertaining comedy-thriller, a sterling directorial debut by Shane Black that features excellent performances and a magnificent screenplay. Robert Downey Jr., is eluding the police during a store robbery in New York and accidentally runs into an audition for an action film that lands him a trip to Los Angeles. There, he is assigned to shadow a real private eye () in order to research his role, but accidentally ends up becoming involved in two murder cases that reunite him with his home town sweetheart (the lovely ) and put him in the way of grave personal injury. The dialogue literally crackles and the plot never lets up on a roller coaster ride that is captivating, surprising and always full of energy. Downey and Kilmer, hilariously playing a swanky gay detective with a smart mouth and killer suit, have never been better, and film noir rarely gets so loving a tribute in the modern age of filmmaking.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2005

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