Everybody loves a good comeback! December’s The Comeback edition featured the movies that relaunched the careers of 3 our favorite “down but not out” actors.
Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky Balboa and introducing a protégé for the new generation in Creed.
Michael Keaton in Birdman -the role that won him his first Oscar nom (and win!) after 30 years of acting.
Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang-the part that secured him as our favorite Avenger: Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man.
And the winner was…
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
2005 ‧ 1h 43m
Director: Shane Black
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan
Two-bit crook Harry Lockhart (Robert Downey Jr.) stumbles into an audition for a mystery film while on the run from the cops. Winning the part, he lands in Hollywood, where he’s flung into a tangled, murderous conspiracy with his childhood sweetheart, Harmony Lane (Michelle Monaghan), and hard-boiled private eye Perry van Shrike (Val Kilmer).
FINAL RATING: 7 out of 8 slices
We asked four teens to give you their reviews on this murder mystery thriller. Read what Angelina and Veronica (The PaaM Newbies), Madison (The Return PaaMer), and Sophie & Francesca (The Sisters that PaaM Together) had to say…
Choose three words to describe this movie.
Angelina: FUNNY, INTERACTIVE (BROKE THE FOURTH WALL), AMUSING
Veronica: SURPRISING, INTERESTING, STRANGE
Madison: DISJOINTED, IRONIC, HILARIOUS
Sophie & Francesca: WITTY, ORIGINAL, ENTERTAINING
What was your favorite scene? Bonus: Why? SPOILER ALERT!
Angelina: My favorite scene was at the bar when Harmony an Harry met for the first time because it was funny and it showed that the two characters could really connect.
Veronica: When the dog ate Harry’s finger and then the dog comforted Harry, although his finger was now gone.
Madison: My favorite scene was the bridge sequence when the girl with the pink hair jumped into the car with Harry in the back while the shopkeeper shot the bad guy. I think that scene embodied perfectly the essence and tone of the movie. It was a bunch of unfortunate events happening while the characters fumbled over each other.
Sophie & Francesca: My favorite scene was…all of them!
Would you recommend this to a friend? Why or why not?
Angelina: Yes, because it was very funny and it was different. I liked how Harry interacted with the audience.
Veronica: Yes, because this movie kept me interested and the plot line was capricious and unexpected. The [Pizza and a Movie] environment is very friendly, I felt welcomed and it gives me a chance to learn about independent films.
Madison: Yes! I would recommend this movie to a friend. I think it is a great mixture of a romance move and a crime movie, but it is carried through by the comedy of Perry and Harry.
Sophie & Francesca: Yes, because it’s clever, witty, the characters are relatable and overall it’s a very entertaining film. I like to judge films on how much I think about it after seeing it and I think I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time.
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