21 February 2017 | vfrfam
LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF THIS MOVIE!!!! Gets a 10 out of me!! Way to go guys. Pat your selves on the back.
"Kiss Me, Kill Me" is a murder mystery told at its best. It is a story that sends you in many directions guessing until the end. Just when I thought I had it figured out...I was wrong. It happened again...and then a third time. Credit screenwriter David Michael Barrett as the plot twists were plentiful in this edge- of-your-seat, didn't't't-see-that-coming, mystery. I was pulled in and never released until the final few minutes. I love a good thriller, and this film was quite adequate in keeping this seasoned viewer guessing. Bonus points for the very Hitchcock cameo from the talented director, Casper Andreas! This film was visually VERY VERY VERY stunning. It's use of color and composition was extremely beautiful. I enjoyed the pacing of this film as well. Edited in such a way that you stayed on your toes as you watched the film towards the end.
The opening credits montage, for example was reminiscent of mysteries that had a more comedic bent but this was effective & exciting as it played out. As the film progressed it moved from one crazy night to its crazy days of confusion and character play. It seemed obvious to the viewer that Dusty was not the killer but as the visuals unfolded that became a question again in everyone's mind. Adding to the movement visually and in the story line you have the development of the characters.
They hypnotist was one of the steady rocks throughout the film, everyone else seemed to add to the layered plot of whom killed whom. But the writer and director did an excellent job by giving the viewer just enough to keep us questioning every twist & turn that entered the picture. The utter believable and reality is important to any film & the casting of this film was well done. Especially the lead character Dusty. He had to experience so much as the film moved forward. I think the most emotional & most impact & intense scene was his final session being hypnotized when he was able to uncover the truth of what he had done,even if it were accidental.
This film was extremely well put together. From the visuals to the music straight through to the story line. Audiences may find similarities to other films but that can't be helped in any "Who done It?" mystery. What audiences will connect to are the characters, the occasional humor and the final twist in the end. Will there now be a spin off to tie it all together in another crazy way?
Unlike traditional film, THIS FILM portrays gay & transgender characters,& does so in a modern, nuanced way. The gay characters are not solely motivated by sex, they are driven by grief, love & loss of a spouse. The film also depicts the circle of gay & lesbian friends that is more than just a stereotypical depiction. Further, the film shows us a drag queen take off her makeup and show a male side, in an unselfish conscious way. This kind of scene is rare in cinema. Strong acting performances by ALL the main actors are also key in keeping it a serious genre film. Use of music, dark lighting and mood all work to strong effect. Van Hansis ROCKED IN THIS FILM!!!!!! :)
The film doesn't take itself too seriously either. For example, the crystal tiger that shows up in various scenes, and plays a key role in the denouement, evokes a 70's disco movie aesthetic. Also, the repeated jokes about lesbians throughout, and the coming out of the place detective at the end of the film show that this film has a sense of humor. Just the premise of a gay murder mystery, with a drag queen & baby-crazed woman as key supporting characters IS AWESOME. I recommend this film because it is suspenseful, has a sense of humor, portrays gay and trans-gendered characters in a realistic way, as it updates the film genre & re-imagines the traditional murder mystery for a new generation of viewer(s). Some murder mysteries take an age to get going, but what is particularly impressive about Kiss Me, Kill Me is that it hits the ground running from the outset, and doesn't slacken. Not once was I bored, or looking at my watch. For me, this was one of the unsung gems of the year. Highly recommended.