The Nice Guys(2016)
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are an odd-couple forced to team up in 1970s Los Angeles in Shane Black's black crime comedy. The writer/director has described it as a spiritual sequel to his own Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired leg-breaker Jackson Healy (Crowe) work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
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BY Dominic Corry Flicks Writer
In a mainstream cinema landscape that often seems driven by concession – to the studio, the investors, the marketers, the distributors, certain demographics, the foreign market, the domestic market, the Stone Cutters – there are few things more satisfying than seeing a populist filmmaker getting to do exactly what he wants on a large canvas.... More
Shane Black's The Nice Guys makes concessions to nothing and nobody – it is about as pure an expression of the writer/director's sensibilities as you could ask for.
For the uninitiated in the room, that constitutes a witty, violent, spry action comedy that can be relied upon to feature quip-spouting tough guys, uniquely-rendered henchmen and scenes featuring someone falling off a building and a car driving through a house.
As crummy private eye Holland March and a scuzzy enforcer Jackson Healy, Gosling and Crowe demonstrate bountiful chemistry, especially when butting heads.
The film's sleazy portrayal of Los Angeles is enhanced by the late '70s period setting, which also makes it easier to picture Healy as a slightly older and calmer version of Bud White, Crowe's character from LA Confidential.
Black's affection for the hard boiled tough guy tradition comes through loud and clear in how he subverts the archetype here. His gift for casting extends to the tiniest supporting characters, whom Black has always shown an affection for highlighting, and does so repeatedly here. Keep an eye out for Jack Kilmer, the son of star Val.
There's a cynicism in The Nice Guys that never feels glib, but instead provides a welcome contrast to the... niceness... that currently permeates the action genre.Hide
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BY moviebuffed wannabe
Ok, this was fun, funny, and the actors gave some good body to it all. But man o man, it could have been 'Get Shorty' good if the script and story had cobbled together properly. Entertaining, on a bit by bit basis. Don't look past the scenes and you'll burn a few hours in an okay way. Think about it while you're in there and it will make you disappointed.
BY Booper superstar
The Nice Guys was too long and not entertaining. Russell Crowe has become a John Goodman lookalike without the humour and Ryan Gosling who I love played a mind-numbingly boring character. Having Hollands daughter seemed a useless plot point and added nothing to the movie - she seems only to be there for the shock factor for her use of crass language. Forgettable and disappointing.
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