"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (2005)

Rating: R:15
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed By: Shane Black
Written By: Shane Black
Released: October 21st, 2005
Runtime: 102 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Two-bit crook Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) stumbles into an audition for a mystery film while on the run from the cops. Winning the part, he lands in Hollywood, where he's flung into a tangled, murderous conspiracy with his childhood sweetheart, Harmony Lane (Michelle Monaghan), and hard-boiled private eye Perry van Shrike (Val Kilmer).  

This is a quick-paced, witty barrel of entertainment. Robert Downey Jr is on the ball with a very engaging wry sarcastic character with a sensitivity, and his constant narration, talking casually to the audience is so well done. It doesn’t let go of your attention, keeping you interacting with the story as it unfolds.

Val Kilmer adds to the laughs on offer as well in a quick-paced lively manner. He’s just very funny at pretending to be gay. Both he and Robert Downey Jr work very well together.

The plot is a bit bonkers. It’s surprisingly engaging despite not making much sense upon hindsight. Half the time I didn’t really know what was going on but I went along with it because the film’s leads are so on point with the characters. The plot, as longwinded and overly intricate as it is, seems merely an excuse for some cool action sequences.

A highly enjoyable film all around.