It’s Christmas Day. The Winter Solstice (hmm, next Captain America movie?) was just three days ago and it’s nearly 70 degrees for those on the East Coast. We hope you are all enjoying this holiday season with your family, friends, and loved ones. But, if the weather has you knocked out of sorts and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas (because of the weather… and other sorts), we have just the right thing for you. Robert Downey Jr. Yes, Robert Downey Jr. One of the greatest actors and always the entertainer has starred in three significant holiday themed movies that will be perfect to view with your friends, family, loved ones, and maybe even some of those people you don’t like too much.
I’ve always enjoyed and shared a healthy alternative Christmas holiday lifestyle with my friends and family. And now I’d like to present three of my favorites, all Robert Downey Jr themed, to you! Maybe you’ve seen all three, maybe you’re watching them right now (if so, shoo, go away, we’ll still be here for you later), but most importantly, they are three movies that not only express the talent and charm of Robert Downey Jr, but serve as great reminders as to why we are all thankful for him, his health, and that he’s still in the business and better than ever.
Also, on Christmas Eve, California Governor Jerry Brown issued a full and unconditional pardon to Robert Downey Jr for his 1996 convictions. This is a part of a now annual Christmas Eve tradition for the California Governor and certainly an earned one on Downey’s part as Governor Brown said “He has lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen.”
I. Home for the Holidays
Perhaps this is Robert Downey Jr at one of his wildest and most eccentric of times, he plays the lovable and good-hearted Tommy. The gay brother to Holly Hunter’s Claudia. Home for the Holidays actually is the story of Claudia returning to her Chicago home for Thanksgiving, but I feel this warrants inclusion. While Downey’s antics are off-the-wall, he delivers a fun performance that if you are a true Downey fan, you won’t want to miss this movie. The film was directed by Jodie Foster and she allowed Downey, then 30 years old, to improvise through most (if not all) of the film.
II. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
One of my favorite, if not my favorite, Robert Downey Jr movie. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was written and directed by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Long Kiss Goodnight) and takes place over Christmas, which is a running motif in all of Shane Black’s films. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a comedy, action, noir that follows Harry Lockheart (Robert Downey Jr), a petty thief, who ends up in Hollywood after running into an audition to hide from the police. He’s paired up with Gay Perry, a gay P.I. played by Val Kilmer, in attempt to give him on the street training for the film he’s supposed to appear in. But, as any good pulp noir would have it, Harry and Gay Perry end up in a real murder mystery. Did I mention that Robert Downey Jr is the “unreliable narrator”? No? How about that he kisses Val Kilmer… No no. Val Kilmer kisses him! It’s a must watch and serves as a solid precursor to…
Iron Man 3
Tony Stark asks his robotic friend named “Dum-E” to drop the needle. And, as Shane Black would have it, Christmas music comes on. Tony Stark grooves and then summons the Iron Man armor to him.
Shane Black, returned to work with Robert Downey Jr (after Downey personally hired him) on Iron Man 3 as writer and director. While Iron Man 3 divided fans, it’s unarguably more of a Shane Black film than an Iron Man movie. There are many fan theories and conspiracy theories (none involving the Illuminati that occupied Marvel or the group that Angelina Jolie defeated in Lara Croft Tomb Raider) that regard Iron Man 3 as the unofficial sequel to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Let’s just say that both films feature Robert Downey Jr narrating, take place at Christmas, and have similar narratives.
…So, in conclusion, if I were to wrap things up with one of those really cool bowties you put on gifts, I hope you all have a very Merry Robert Downey Jr Christmas!
Oh, Robert Downey Jr starred in season four of Ally McBeal as Larry Paul. How could I forget that? He also sang during that season and so here’s his cover of “River”, a song by Joni Mitchell.
Merry Christmas! Now, complete with that bowtie I was talking about.