Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ★★★★½

Shane Black (who previously wrote the scripts for Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout) made his directorial debut with this sly, hugely entertaining satire of Hollywood superficiality and cliched old detective novels - all wrapped up in his usual action-packed buddy movie format!

Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer had both fallen out of Tinseltown favour by this point (the former made a proper comeback three years later with Iron Man but the latter... well...). This is something Black evidently sensed as they both work their socks off here to atone for their respective career missteps and, more importantly, do his witty script justice. Third-billed Michelle Monaghan is also a lot of fun, generating much in the way of sparks with Downey Jr. as the struggling actress who was his childhood sweetheart.

Best scene: the dog and the finger.

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