Saturday, December 10, 2005

Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

"SeX. MurdEr. MyStery. Welcome to the Party!"

Greenbelt 3, Cinema 4

Kissey Kissey

I really don't know what to make out of this film. It has an assortment of quirky characters. A murder/crime mystery to be solved set in Los Angeles. It stars Robert Downey Jr as a petty thief masquerading as an actor. Val Kilmer as a gay detective/consultant for a movie. Michelle Monaghan as a struggling actress. The plot is a bit complicated, intertwined with twists and the dialogue are peppered with witty lines.
The main character (Downey) narrates the story by dividing it into the number of days it took for them to solve the murder.
Day 1 - "Trouble is my business." We are introduced to the different characters all present in a party.
Day 2 - "The Lady in the Lake." The 2 main characters witness the dumping of the murder victim's body.
Day 3 - "The Little Sister." Twist in the plot as another character is introduced.
Day 4 - "The Simple Art of Murder." The part where it slowly unravels and if you were not paying attention then you might not understand who actually did it.
You even have an epilogue - "Farewell, my Lovely." Redemption and sweet justice is served!
Val Kilmer ends by addressing the audience: "Thanks for coming, please stay for the end credits, if you're wondering who the best boy is, it's somebody's nephew, um, don't forget to validate your parking, and to all you good people in the Midwest, sorry we said fuck so much."
It is funny, quirky and not an ordinary whodunit mystery. You might get a headache from trying to figure out the twists but it is uniquely entertaining.

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