The Nice GuysMay 30, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment
When I first saw the trailer for The Nice Guys back in December, I knew this was a movie I wanted to see, and it did not disappoint. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play a couple quirky characters in 1977 Los Angeles. They find themselves in search of a girl named Amelia which leads them into a ton of trouble. Director and writer Shane Black balances the colorful characters with a storyline punctuated with action and humor. But it’s the characters and the dialog that really sells the movie.
Fair warning, there is nudity in the movie, so the R warning is well earned, though I think it was only really done in the beginning of the movie, and it’s kind of a nod to Lethal Weapon. Anyways, Russell Crowe plays a tough guy for hire named Jackson Healy. If you need to send a message to someone that involves a punch to the face, he’s the guy you call. Ryan Gosling, on the other hand, plays a private detective named Holland March. The two cross paths and end up working together to solve a case that starts simple and slowly grows more complex as they delve into the porn industry and then the automotive industry. Thrown into the mix is Holland’s daughter, Holly, played by Angourie Rice, who plays a surprisingly big role in the movie as the third partner. Angourie does a great job, and between her, Crowe and Gosling, they keep the film entertaining from beginning to end.
By setting the movie in 1977, it adds a fun bit of flair to the film. From the lighting to the sets, it all captures that vibe of the 70’s. There’s nods here and there to the era, though sadly there are no references to Star Wars. Beyond the setting, the movie makes some bold choices in doing the unexpected. Some moments will make you laugh out loud, while others will take you by complete surprise. Throughout the movie, there’s some great humor.
Without spoiling anything, I had a lot of fun watching this one in the theater and I highly recommend checking it out. It’s kinda like a mix between Lethal Weapon and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) combining some laughs and action with strong characters that each have their charm. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.