Friday, 26 July 2013

Film Review: KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - poster Director: Shane Black
Writers: Brett Halliday (novel “Bodies Are Where You Find Them”) (in part), Shane Black (Screenplay/Screen Story)
Running time: 103 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 15

Genre: Action/Comedy/Crime/Mystery
UK Release date: 11th November 2005

Watched on Terrestrial PVR Friday 26th July 2013.


This is one of those films that somehow slipped through the net; I have been meaning to see it for years, but it kept falling by the wayside. Fortunately one of the TV channels over here finally aired it and I was able to finally see it. I have to admit it wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it was still a good watch. Here’s a very brief summary before I give you my thoughts.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - 3 Small-time thief Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) stumbles into an audition in New York whilst evading the cops. The next thing he knows, he’s at a party in LA mixing with the great and the good. Here he sees a girl he somehow recognises, Harmony Faith Lane (Michelle Monaghan), who turns out to be from his home town and a girl he was sweet on in school. He is to play a detective and so has to go training with a real Private Detective, Gay Perry (Val Kilmer). Whilst out on their first night they witness a murder that will take them on a wild ride. A case that involves Harmony, her sister and even the host of the party at the beginning, Harlan Dexter (Corbin Bernsen)!

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - 5 Lots of profanity, lots of deaths and some great comic one-liners; I have to admit I liked this one to a large extent. It’s well shot and very slick, keeping a decent pace although it does drop here and there. All the performances were very good; Downey Jr, Kilmer and Monaghan all did a great job. I did find, however, that Downey Jr’s character, Lockhart, did begin to get a tad annoying towards the end. Over all though a pretty enjoyable watch; quite original in its makeup and well worth a look.

SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

My score: 7.2/10.

IMDb Score: 7.7/10 (based on 126,456 votes when this review was written).

MetaScore: 72/100: (Based on 37 critic reviews provided by at the time of going to press).

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - 4 Rotten Tomatoes ‘Tomatometer’ Score: 83/100 (based on 151 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes ‘Audience’ Score: 83/100 (based on 198,978 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).

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