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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Director: Shane Black
Writers: Brett Halliday(novel), Shane Black(screenplay)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Crime-Mystery

About: A bumbling thief who's mistaken as an actor and gets hired for a movie role, comes into contact with a struggling actresses and a private eye. Together they stumble into a murder mystery and must solve it before they're next!

Review: I kind of liked this one. It had some cool ideas going on, but I was not totally on board with it. I did like Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in this. I thought both were greatly fun characters, who had oodles of chemistry together. That was by far the best part of the movie.

I also liked the light comic elements and the overall story plot was well done too, never a dull moment. And I like Michelle Monaghan who held her own with Downey and Kilmer, not an easy task but she did good. I just didn't love the movie, a bit too violent in my book for a story with comic elements. It felt like it wanted to be too many things, to too many different people. I'll give it bonus points for the Christmas theme though

Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer team up as an unlikely pair of detectives hot on the trial of a Hollywood murderer.

And some more bonus points for reviving the film noir crime drama, even if it's played for laughs. It's a stylish film, with plenty of eye appeal and fast breaking action. Never a boring moment. And perhaps a good Christmas alternative movie, ho ho.