Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Harry Lockart (Downey Jr.) is a small-time thief who – when on the run for the cops after a failed burglary – arrives at a screentest and gets “discovered” after which he’s sent to Hollywood where he’s cast for the role of a detective. To prepare for his role, he has to follow Gay Perry (Kilmer) a real private detective who’s just been hired for a stakeout. During this job, both men suddenly witness a young woman being dumped into the lake and when Harry gets back to his hotel room, the body suddenly is laying in his shower.
Meanwhile, Harry also meets Harmony, the beautiful girl that he used to know as a kid and always had a crush on but never really got together with. When Harmony’s sister arrives in LA and commits suicide, Harmony asks Harry to help her as she’s convinced he’s a private detective.
Sound and Vision:
The image contains a couple of filters but the quality doesn’t suffer from that at all. Warner has done an excellent job here without compression errors, grain or noticeable edge enhancement.
The 5.1 soundtrack does its job nicely and subtle. All channels are used to create additional atmosphere while the dialogues remain clear and understandable at all times. Great stuff!
Some bloopers and an audio commentary track with director Shane Black, Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. are all we get.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a nice combination of comedy with film noir and clearly has a similar feeling as British movies like Snatch and Layer Cake. Shane Black is mostly known for Lethal Weapon but this time his directing debute is a lot more sofisticated and personally I enjoyed it a lot. Kilmer and Downey Jr. do a terrific job and the fun storyline with the multitude of plot twists make this movie an absolute must have.