Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

This is one of the best films I’ve seen this year. I enjoyed it so much that I watched it twice this weekend.

Shane Black wrote and directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer. I didn’t have a whole lot of interest in seeing this film but David Dylan Thomas has been praising it for a while now so I rented it last weekend.

From the opening title sequence you know the film is going to be a little different. It reminded me a lot of Catch Me If You Can (2002) and everything Saul Bass did to make the opening credits more interesting.

The opening shot of Robert Downey Jr. staring down into a pool pays homage to the first scene in Sunset Blvd. (1950). Downey Jr. even provides voiceover narration as does William Holden. For the next 90 minutest the references to other films come fast and furious, as do the jokes and the action.

When was the last time you had a clever film with jokes about writing and grammar? Everything about this film was refreshing in its attempts to be unique. It definitely doesn’t follow the mold of a typical Hollywood buddy picture. If you love movies and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang isn’t on your radar then you need to see this film.

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