Top 20 Christmas movies: #18 ‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang’

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Movies

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*I will be doing a “top 20″ feature for the best Christmas movies of all time, right up to Christmas – I hope you enjoy!*

#20 – Lethal Weapon

#19 – The Polar Express

Boom!  Didn’t expect this one did you?  Admittedly the Shane Black directed crime-comedy-drama Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang isn’t “Christmas-y” in nature but the film’s backdrop is a Christmas time Los Angeles and the themes throughout the movie came be directly correlated to those we experience at this time of year.

Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer as unlikely partners of a thief masquerading as an actor and a private detective trying to solve a murder case that could implicate them both.   The film is fantastically acted and is Val Kilmer’s last great achievement in Hollywood before he dropped off the face of the earth and got fat.  The film was also one of RDJ’s first after his comeback from substance abuse on the road to becoming a star again.

Michelle Monaghan also stars as the titular love interest who also sports a naughty Santa outfit throughout, so there is that Christmas feel.  Perhaps the film’s most underrated aspect is how well Downey Jr. and Kilmer play off each other zinging one-liners back and forth as if this was a well established buddy-cop franchise.

Makes you wish they’d do a sequel already.

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