Saturday, November 12, 2005
Review: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
All you need to know is this: violence hasn’t been this fun and funny since Pulp Fiction.
The setup for the movie is simple: Robert Downey, Jr plays a petty thief who blunders his way into a screen test, ends up in LA where he meets Gay Perry (played by Val Kilmer) and his childhood love. Soon, people are dying, mysteries are unraveling, and the audience is rolling around laughing at some truly hideous things.
As a humorous take on buddy movies, film noir, and LA, the movie is clever and quick. There are a few moments where it is perhaps too self-aware—where the winking is just a little too obvious. There are a few moments where the plot doesn’t hold together as well as it should. Still, only someone truly intent on disliking the movie would dwell on the shortcomings.
The movie is just too witty, the action too quick and the dialogue too sharp to let a few flaws stand in the way of enjoyment.
The direction is strong, but it’s the script and the acting that really set it apart. Kilmer and Downey are brilliant in roles that are more demanding than they might appear, and, without the chemistry that they share, the quick dialogue would have fallen flat.
But, like Pulp Fiction, it is also a movie that wallows in violence and has its fair share of profanity and even a bare breast or three. This isn’t a movie that’s bound to go over too well with the Baptists and it would be a severely irresponsible parent that mistakes this one for good, wholesome family fare.
For the rest of us, though, it’s a treat.