SotallyTober’s review published on Letterboxd:
My last watch was The Nice Guys, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's one of the best comedies I watched in recent times. Per Siegel and SpecialAgentCooper's recommendation, I decided to watch Shane Black's directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. There are a lot of similarities — both the movies are set in LA, follow a similar story structure of an entangled mystery in the buddy movie genre with a high dosage of dark comedy.
Shane's vision of LA is amazing. The party scene, the picturesque night shots, and the overall vibe is perfectly captured in both the films. Buddy movie with a mystery underneath, topped with the dark humor, and some aesthetically done skin show seems to be his signature style. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has all these elements led by Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer, and Michelle Monaghan. Downey is a robber-tuned-actor-turned-investigator, Kilmer is a private eye, and Michelle is a wannabe-actress-turned-waitress. The characters are fleshed out and establish the lesser-known LA culture.
In comparison, I must say I enjoyed The Nice Guys way better. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang bites off more than it can chew. I felt the mystery is convoluted, and at times I was perplexed with the narrative. It's Shane's style, and it's well-thought, but it took a while for me to piece it together. Despite its average 1h 43 min runtime, I felt the editing could have been better. A few scenes were shoehorned just to make the story more complex like the incestuous father track — it's connected yet a bit disjointed with the story. The hail mary in the end when Downey breaks the fourth wall giving us a proper ending is nicely done. Downey stuck in mayhem and Kilmer, the investigator was stunning on screen. The enchanting Michelle Monaghan is the third buddy, I'm in awe of her.
I enjoyed it, but The Nice Guys is still fresh in my memory, it pales a bit in comparison.
PS: If you sleep with Chuck Chutney, it's over for you guys!!!!