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16 May 2011 @ 04:10 pm
kiss kiss bang bang  

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a difficult film to classify. It meets the criteria of noir, but it also subverts the genre for laughs, so it’s somewhere between an homage and a satire.

A still from 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'
Val getting his noir on.

Val plays Perry van Shrike, called “Gay Perry” for the obvious reason. Gay Perry, in a subversion of noir’s strict gender roles, is the most competent, bad ass character in the film.

A still from 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'
The anger management isn’t paying off, but the self-defense lessons sure are.

He’s also one of the funniest, with an acerbic humor usually aimed at Harry Lockhart, the film’s protagonist.
PERRY: Jesus. Look up “idiot” in the dictionary, you know what you’ll find?
HARRY: A picture of me?
PERRY: No, the definition of the word “idiot,” which you fucking are!

Perry van Shrike is not a man who suffers fools.

current mood: energeticenergetic
a girl with far away eyesvodkaplaid on May 26th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
I love that Gay Perry is gay, but the film doesn't really make a big deal of it. Sure, Harry lobs a couple of slurs at him (and gets a choke hold for his trouble), but there isn't anything in the plot that requires Perry to point out to the audience that he's gay.

He knows who he is and he's fine with it and you can go jump off a bridge.
the kilmer cure: not worth chewing through the strapsthekilmercure on May 26th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)

I agree. I think the movie's great at celebrating non-traditional heroes; the girl and the gay guy really save the day.