Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Bodies are Where You Find Them
Alright. I know what some people say about me. Some think I'm a East Coast crook who lucked out into becoming an actor by accident. Whilst others might surmise I was fortunate enough in meeting the girl of my dreams,
Lane (Michelle Monaghan), just after I was introduced to my new acting coach, Detective 'Gay' Perry
van Shrike (Val Kilmer), at a Hollywood party.
But I'm not lucky you know. No. I'm an unlucky b*stard. A very unlucky b*stard called Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.), who gets involved with two dead bodies in a single day associated with my two friends.
Hey! Don't get the wrong idea, pal. I didn't kill anybody. And neither did Harmony or Perry either.
But wait a minute! You're not thinking what I'm thinking, are you? That these two stiffs are somehow connected to the big time film producer whose party we all first met at? Harlan Dexter (Corbin Bernsen)?
Oh, shit! What should Perry, Harmony, and me do now then? Run all over
L.A. trying to figure
out the what, the where, and the why? Or what about if I get my own finger
chopped off and then get thumped, kicked, and punched into oblivion?
Huh? What's that you say? I should stop asking stupid f*cking questions and just relax for a moment or two?
Fair enough. That sounds reasonable. Yet again, that's most probably why what next transpires all gets a bit funky when I take some drugs. As actors show some zeal - shit eventually turns real - nuts take a right good whacking - and an adventure hasn't got any time to start a slacking.
SLAP! Next please!
Now I'm the type of a chap that isn't very keen on stories that rely heavily on happenstance and good fortune. Furthermore, I'm not normally a big fan of obvious sets-ups and muddled-mysteries either. However, whilst saying that, even though 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' does use the aforementioned two factors quite a bit, for the life of me, I still think of it a f*cking amazing film.
Granted, as I mentioned previously, I wasn't too thrilled where the overall story was concerned. Here and there I did sigh or groan when character 'A' and character 'B' where at the same place they needed to be to bump into characters 'C' and 'D'. Also, the repetitive way that certain character's remembered certain 'key facts' after the event was rather irritating as well.
Apart from that though -- nah -- this was one cracking film which was very funny and very captivating to sit through. I loved the nice personal way it 'broke through the fourth wall' care of Robert's great voice over narration. I also have to mention that the three main leads were so amazing that it didn't matter that the story was so pants in retrospect. Plus overall, the chemistry invoked throughout this entire piece was pure magic to say the least.
Now in closing my review, I would just like to add that conceptually, 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang', reminded me of an old 50's movie remade in the modern day. The story was all over the place both structurally and in merit. Yet the actors were so good in it that they hid this defect very well. So overall, I'd have to state for the record that it was a charming muddled mystery that's a must watch for those of you who love good acting and great style.
Nuff said. Or else I'd end up giving myself a headache, Ha!
THE RATING: A