Monday, December 28, 2009

Movie of the Week - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

This week’s movie is Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a detective film about a two-bit criminal that mistakenly finds his way to Hollywood only to be mixed up in a 1940s noir detective story. The film is the directorial debut of Lethal Weapon mastermind Shane Black as well as being Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback film (critically at least) and Michele Monaghan’s breakout film. What makes it great is Black’s style, both visual, as he uses color and design surprisingly well, and thematically, the film deconstructs the detective structure while still being a detective story, and is darkly witty, fantastical and lots of fun, while playing off the myth of Hollywood a bit in the process. Val Kilmer gives one of his best performances in the film as well.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [Blu-ray/DVD]

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