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QUICK REVIEW: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Howdy ladies and gents, how you doing? So it is Christmas Eve and up until yesterday I hadn’t watched any Christmas films, so I had a little time before work so I decided to rewatch one of my favourite films Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; a film that’s not your standard festive film, but takes place during the season. And since I’ve been meaning to review this film for around 3 years I thought now would be a good time to talk about it.

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The story for this film can be described as the following:

“A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.”

This is a tale of murder, mystery, drama, coincidence and timing all rolled up into a smart comedic crime film, with a story was quite enjoyable and I always find joy in rewatching it just to see how much of it I can remember. There’s two key reasons why I love this story, 1) There’s a good balance between the humour and dramatic elements because there are some moments where both elements happen within very close proximity of each other, but there’s just the right amount of breathing room so you could be shocked or saddened, but then be elevated by the humour. And then there’s the way this film handles all of the different/seemingly unrelated plot elements and finds ways to not only tie it all together towards the end of the film, but also how it smartly has certain plot and character elements come into play which don’t play out in a conventional way. Plus the breaking of the fourth wall with the narration and certain visual gags that got used was really funny too. Overall it is an interesting little tale with lots of twists and turns, humour, and action, but it also gets a little dark and has some sad at times, but its all handled well by the sharp script and direction from Shane Black.

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The cast is fabulous especially when it comes to Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan, these three in particular have solid performances and good scenes together. So let’s start with Robert Downey, Jr. who was perfect as Harry Lockhart. Here we have a character who has a troubled past and isn’t the best kind of guy, yet he is funny, witty and has enough redeeming qualities that you get attached and root for him as he goes on such a crazy journey from where he starts out to how he ends up. This for me was when RDJ became the actor we know him as today, the witty, charming and loveable man that we’ve seen him really show off in the Marvel Studios films since 2008, he brings his A-game and does really well as a man thrown into some unbelievable situations and has to deal with it the best way possible through luck, charisma and humour. And then there’s Val Kilmer as “Gay” Perry van Shrike, this is the most notable role from Kilmer in years since this film came out. His role as a private investigator was quite different yet well-suited to him, Perry was stern, sarcastic and uncaring, but was also endearing and humourous. Plus I adored the chemistry he has with RDJ, these two had such a such wonderful scenes together and after the film ends you can’t really imagine anyone else in these roles. Michelle Monaghan as Harmony Faith Lane was also really great, Harmony has an interesting role to play as one of the key pieces of the story and cast that makes this film so much fun, She’s an aspiring actress and Harry’s childhood friend who has an interesting backstory, view of the world and personality traits that’s both troublesome and attractive. Monaghan was not only gorgeous but also quite versatile and engaging in her role. Also Corbin Bernsen was also solid as Harlan Dexter, and seeing Rockmond Dunbar and¬†Dash Mihok as Mustard and Mr. Frying Pan was great, these two had a small yet notable presence as Dexter’s henchmen.

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When it comes to the presentation visually the film is very nice, the cinematography is nice and has some lovely landscape shots and the use of colour is quite notable too. I also really liked the film score from John Ottman as it felt whimsical and dream-like, yet also being quite energetic and melancholy. And it also doesn’t hurt that the film also includes a slightly condensed version of “Broken” from Robert Downey Jr’s The Futurist album from 2004. ūüėÄ

Ah Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is still such a great movie, I’ve only seen a few times and it still makes entertains me highly. The direction is great, the writing is so clever and funny, I also love the soundtrack too and lastly Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer had amazing chemistry together. This is a film I highly recommend to everyone.

So have you seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews: Batman Forever

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #24 of my¬†Month of Superhero Film Reviews!¬†During this month I‚Äôll be reviewing of some of the best and worst comic book adapted films. So we’ve covered the Tim Burton Batman films, now let’s talk about the more light-hearted and lesser liked follow-up film slightly controversial sequel in the form of Batman Forever.

Okay now we’re talking about the 90s Batman and this is probably where I started watching Batman in the live-action films when I was a kid. I remember really liking this. For a while I loved this film for its characters, action and kick ass soundtrack, so after a while I grow up and even though I was teenager after the Christopher Nolan films had come out, I still liked watching this film. But now I haven’t seen it in a good few years so now let’s go through this film and see if my thoughts have changed at all.

As for the plot it focuses on Batman trying to stop Two-Face and the Riddler in their villainous scheme to drain information from all the brains in Gotham City. He gains allegiance from a love interest in the form of psychiatrist Dr. Chase Meridian and a young, orphaned circus acrobat named Dick Grayson, who becomes his iconic sidekick Robin.

I thought the plot in this film was alright. There a good few ideas in this film like how Batman questioning his act of vengeance due to what happened to his parents and then there’s Bruce struggling with his dual identity too. We also have the introduction of Dick Grayson and his storyline and Edward Nigma’s plot too which all sounds pretty good on paper too. The problem is that way its done in the film is not nearly as effective as it could have been. Due to the direction by¬†Joel Schumacher, this film adopts a much more child-friendly approach which mean that all the more serious aspects are watered down and it doesn’t help that the script a little on the weak side offering up some half-assed material and stupid coincidences¬†that really shouldn’t be taking place in a Batman film.¬†You know what the film emulates the feel from the Adam West 1960’s TV show, it feels very similar with the colourful villains, crazy situations and levels of campiness.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. In my opinion¬†Val Kilmer makes for a great Bruce Wayne and Batman. I Kilmer’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne and I also like his calm and collected Batman too. As for¬†Nicole Kidman she was good as¬†Dr. Chase Meridian. Firstly she is SUPER gorgeous in this film and she was one of my first film actress crushes. That aside, I liked her character, she was smart and sophisticated and a good love interest for Bruce Wayne thought I wasn’t keen on how¬†obsessed she was with Batman or how she was a damsel in distress¬†in the¬†climax.

Then there’s Tommy Lee Jones¬†as¬†Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Somehow Billy Dee Williams disappeared and is replaced by Tommy Lee Jones. I feel like Jones was okay in role but he was far too wacky, over-the-top and was in no way as good as he was in the comics. And then there’s Jim Carrey¬†as¬†Edward Nigma/The Riddler as the second villain in the film. In this film he’s a bit of a sympathetic character and you can understand his a motive for become evil. Even though Jim Carrey is pretty much Jim Carrey in this film which can be frustrating at times, I feel like he’s way better villain because he has better motive and more screen time devoted to his character. These two together are like children stuck in older men’s bodies, they’re so crazy and out of control that its very reminiscent of an episode from Looney Tunes.

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As for Chris O’Donnell¬†as¬†Dick Grayson/Robin, I thought he was alright, thought he did moan a little too much for my liking. He was still decent once he became Robin, but wasn’t as skilful as his comic book counterpart. And lastly Michael Gough is still great as¬†Alfred Pennyworth, he’s still reliable, funny and I like how he’s the faithful family faithful butler and Bruce’s confidant.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is insanely colourful and way more vivid and bright than Tim Burton’s darker and moody colour palette. Gotham is still a unique and distinctive-looking city, it is way more colourful and accessible to child audiences though it is a bit excessive for me especially with all the additional special effects that’s found in this film. The action in this film is of a pretty extra in this film and is way more in line with the comic book and 1960’s TV show too. As for the soundtrack by¬†Elliot Goldenthal¬†I personally really like it. The score is loud, bombastic and works well with the style of the film. I really like the new main theme for this film, it is one of my favourite themes ever! It’s so epic and heroic, I even had it on CD when I was like 7 years old and played it on repeat. That’s how much I loved this song!

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? As I said before my knowledge mainly comes from the Batman cartoons and research online. Well in this film we have the inclusion of Robin, The Riddler and Two-Face and while some of their character origins are the same, the way they’re depicted that’s questionable and different. Firstly Robin is a hell of a lot older and not a boy at all and he’s whole persona is wrong, then there’s the Riddler who is just a lot comedy-based than usual and then there’s Two-Face, I’m sure he was meant to be more of a serious character but here’s portrayed as a much sillier and campier character which really doesn’t work for the comic book fans.

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So to conclude¬†Batman Forever¬†is a film that I like from a nostalgic stand point and I think it’ll honestly have a special place in my heart. But it obviously isn’t exactly the Batman film that fans were hoping for after the Tim Burton approach and I can say that I don’t like the film nearly as much as I did before. However¬†Batman Forever is still decent, it’s not nearly as painful as some say and I think its WAY more tolerable than its sequel, so if you haven’t watched it and you’re curious, give it a chance.

Rating: 6/10 (Its cheesy, campy and a little silly, but it’s still fun!)

So there’s my review people, only 6 more to go. So have you seen Batman Forever and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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