Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

USA 2005

Petty thief Harry Lockart (Robert Downey Jr.) gets caught up in a murder investigation in this action-packed comedy. Posing as an actor, Harry heads to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds an authentic acting coach in detective Perry Van Shrike (Val Kilmer). But the bright lights of Hollywood fade when a murder takes place and Harry, Perry and Harry's high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) become part of the investigation.

Despite an incredible cast of American talent, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang teetered me with confusion. Not in the sense that I did not understand what was going on, that was relatively easy, but if I was enjoying the movie is what I mean. There are a lot of creatively funny moments throughout the movie. Think "Family Guy Flashback" funny. These alone are enough to make the film entertaining. What threw me off was the editing and the very flashy and over eccentric scripting. Half the time the dialog of each character seems to be trying too hard to be over the top with pop culture analogies and self parodying. The other half of the time the film does cut deep with some intriguing moments that maintain the film's undeniable vigor. The plot falls somewhere between a film industry crime drama and a noir novel inspired conspiracy of "Johnny Come Lately" coming of age comedy... One could gripe about how the pace of the film is wishy washy without continuity, however the climatic end of the film really made up for all the forced eccentricity. The satirical narration of Robert Downey Jr. is great. Definitely worth watching. I hate Michelle Monaghan but she is actually amazing in this which caused me to have a new found respect for her.

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