Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Shane Black's wicked script and the spot on timing of Robert Downey Jr., and most especially Val Kilmer as the hilariously named detective Gay Perry, made Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
the most badass piece of film noir since Fred MacMurray dropped dead in Double Indemnity
. But this was before Robert Downey's big return to the limelight, back when he was still in recovery mode and everyone still seemed to be boycotting him. So this murder mystery went unwatched and what should have been Robert Downey's coming out party ended up on dusty, video store shelves where it was eventually shoved out of the way to make room for more copies of Iron Man
. But it's better than Iron Man
and ten times more fun. The chemistry between Kilmer and Downey is spot on, they're a classic on screen duo the kind which deserves a whole series of movies. Now the continuing adventures of Harry Lockhart and Gay Perry will never happen and all I can do is plead with you to hop on to Netflix and give Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
This article was first published on December 7, 2009 and was last updated on February 13, 2014.