Oh my God I just listened to some, and I sound so fucking posh. I promise you I’m not posh at all, my head is nowhere near as far up my arse as my tone sounds, I think that’s just how the English accent comes off when compared to Americans (no offense). I can’t be posh, I live in a three-room flat and there’s holes in my socks. Anyway, even if you don’t listen to the podcast I insist that you at least watch the film. If you do listen to the podcast, watch the film first, as we do cross into some spoilers.Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has been one of my favourite films since the first time I saw it. I don’t even remember it being released in the UK, and instead found out about it through word of mouth, and upon a friend’s recommendation I purchased it and watched it that very evening. It did fairly terribly in cinemas, and only marginally better on DVD, but hopefully I’ll do something here to widen it’s audience.The plot sounds fairly straightforward. Robert Downey Jr. is Harry, a petty criminal, knocking off toy stores with a buddy late at night for his niece’s Christmas gift. When the robbery gets busted, Harry unwittingly stumbles into a casting call for a detective role and accidentally nails the audition, earning him a trip to L.A., where he’s trained by Val Kilmer’s real life detective, Gay Perry. Whilst in Hollywood, Harry falls for Michelle Monaghan’s Harmony Faith Lane, and gets in deep with both the case Perry is working on, and an issue Harmony has regarding her sister.
So far, so standard, but what follows is a plot so brilliant, with a script so delightfully witty and crammed with gems that my writing about it cannot possibly do it justice. Shane Black, writer of Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight and The Last Boy Scout and actor of Hawkins, the guy telling the lewd jokes in Predator, here not only wrote but directed the film, making his imminent directing of Iron Man 3 something I cannot wait to see.
I’m not going to go into too much more detail, as we did that on the podcast, and I’d only be repeating myself, but rest assured that you will without a doubt at least like this film. The only person I’ve ever met who hasn’t loved it has an issue with mild bodily mutilation (there is a very brief, and funny, torture scene in which you don’t see anything). The film has everything – great characters, perfect script (“Oh look, there’s an elephant. Let’s drain it’s blood to paint my boathouse.”), stellar direction. The only thing it seemed to be missing was anything close to a marketing budget.
Choose film 10/10