Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Jan
In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, writer and director Shane Black casts Robert Downey, Jr. as a thief who blunders into a film audition and, amazingly, walks away having won a role in the picture. To prepare for the role, he gets help from a private detective (Val Kilmer). And before long, dead bodies begin to accumulate.
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) issues a strong caution about the film. "Fans of noir classics like Double Indemnity or The Big Sleep should be warned … that this film is full of graphic violence and bawdy humor—much of it revolving around Perry's homosexuality—and the kind of obscenity-riddled dialogue that would give Mickey Spillane pause." He praises Downey and Kilmer for their chemistry, but concludes that "from a moral standpoint, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang shoots blanks."
At this writing, no other religious press film critics have published reviews, but mainstream reviews are mostly positive.
Josh Hurst (Reveal) says, "For discerning audiences who have a taste for this sort of thing, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a pleasure—a celebration of cleverness that is memorable for the very reason that it laughs at its own emptiness, and a devilish comedy that's bound to join the ranks of Shaun of the Dead and Kung Fu Hustle as a cult classic."