Movie Review: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
by Jim McAllister
I am going to be up front with this one. I want you to read this review of Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang but if you are not a fan of the unusual, this may not be for you. I thought this movie was hilarious in the way I enjoyed the movies of Mel Brooks and the old It's Garry Shandling's Show from Showtime in the 1980's. It is a total farce and a satire of detective movies, in particular the works of Raymond Chandler since the movie is in five sections with each being titled after a Chandler work.
Robert Downey, Jr. plays Harry Lockhart, a petty crook who accidently gets into acting and detective work as he pursues his childhood girlfriend Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan) who went to Hollywood years before to become an actress. Harry meets private eye Gay Perry (Val Kilmer), who really is gay, and the race is on.
Downey acts as a narrator and says a lot of funny stuff, he also talks to the audience along with Kilmer at the end and it is all hilarious. Hilarious, that is, if your sense of humor is a bit unusual. I laughed all the way through. (Running time: 103 minutes, Rated "R" for language, nudity, violence)