Don’t you hate when you watch a movie that’s so great and so brilliant and you wonder why you’ve never heard of it, why it’s never won any awards, and why nobody else you know agrees on how amazing it is? Underrated movies are sad. Delicious, but sad. The most notable to me is Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which came out in 2005. I hadn’t heard of it until my friend recommended it a couple of years ago, so I had zero expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. This movie is GREAT. I’ve seen it 4 or 5 times and I find something new to laugh at with every viewing.
Small time thief Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr, who also narrates the film), accidentally ends up auditioning for a movie while he’s fleeing from the police. He is flown out to Hollywood to screen test for the part. Out in LA, Harry is teamed up with private detective Gay Perry (Val Kilmer) to prepare himself for the movie roll. After Harry runs into an old high school crush (Michelle Monaghan), him and Gay Perry find themselves mixed up in a murder. Val Kilmer is hilarious and I consider this one of Downey’s most enjoyable performances. Their chemistry is great, playing off each other brilliantly. The dialogue is clever and snappy and Downey’s narration of the film is extremely witty.
There’s really no other movie to compare this to, but it’s got a little bit of something for everyone. There’s action, humor, a love story, and mystery. I do love me some Robert Downey Jr, so maybe my opinion is biased. And maybe it’s the kind of film made for a specific audience and that’s why it never got as much notice as I think it should have. Who knows. I say just watch it and enjoy it and spread the word about it to others. Give it as a birthday gift. Christmas gift. Or Chanukah. Kwanza. Whatever’s your thing.
Check out the trailer: