A mismatched pair of private eyes investigates the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.
Every now and then there’s a movie that we all look forward to that’s not one of those tent pole franchise movies for me this year that was Shane Black’s new movie The Nice Guys and it did not disappoint! I had so much fun with this movie; Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling’s chemistry and charisma are amazing. With a great mystery story that’s got some surprising twists and turns, exciting action scenes, and unique comedy. I found myself laughing almost the entire movie even in situations where I feel I shouldn’t have been laughing but I couldn’t help it because of the tone and how it was setup.
The aspect of The Nice Guys I love the most are the performances of the two leads Jackson Heely played by Crowe and Holland March played by Gosling. It’s hard to describe. You just can’t help but like these characters even though they aren’t exactly they greatest of people. One’s a violent and hardened guy and the other is an alcoholic buffoon but the movie does a great job of including these small character moments that show you deep down these are both good people that just want to do the right thing. The thing I loved about the partnership is that they actually needed each other Heely was a great fighter but wasn’t very good detective work, he would see clues but couldn’t put it together until he told March and March was a good detective but was laughably bad at fighting he’d lose his gun repeatedly one time which he literally just throws it away. You expect great performances by Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling but I was incredibly surprised by Angourie Rice who plays March’s teenage daughter Holly. A lot of times the kids of the protagonist is just there to give them some humanity but she actually serves a purpose and is actually useful to the duo. Not only that but she’s incredibly funny and charming as well! (Although I did sometimes question March’s parenting bringing his daughter to such dangerous situations, haha)
I was sucked into this movie right from get go with the mystery of simply tracking down this girl Amelia leads to more and more mysteries that builds as you the audience along with Heely and March discover that it is way bigger than anyone had imagined. This movie is so funny! I was in stitches the whole way. I was impressed how this movie could make me laugh in all sorts of ways from really small moments that would pass you by if weren’t paying attention to just big slap sick comedy like the bathroom stall scene shown in the trailer. I was really impressed how this movie managed to make laugh even though some violent and grisly stuff was happening on screen. Just subtle reactions from the actors or the way they setup those scenes you just can’t help but laugh at it. There 3-4 particular moments where I was like “oh my god that’s brutal” but I was laughing!
I have to mention the amazing production and costume design of the movie recreating the look and feel of the 1970’s. I can’t say from experience at how accurate it was due to not being born for another decade but I sure believed it was the 1970’s. It was really beautifully displayed and shot with the establishing shots of the different locations within LA.
The Nice Guys was a breath of fresh air in a year that’s littered with reboots, remakes and franchises. You’re definitely going to have a lot of fun watching this movie and just get sucked into the performances of the main leads Crowe and Gosling. The movie looks great, the story is engaging and it’s got lovable characters you can actually care about. Not that The Nice Guys need it but I do actually want to see more stories involving these characters and the movie kind of leaves it open for more. Anyways if you go see it let me know what you guys think in the comments!