Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: The Nice Guys (2016)

                    'The Nice Guys' Are A Nice Time At The Movies

         Even if we don't get a sequel, just put these two actors in a movie together again because they are comedic gold.

        The Nice Guys follows the story of a private eye named Holland (Ryan Gosling) who is matched along with an enforcer named Jackson (Russell Crowe) to find a missing girl and investigate the death of a porn star. As the case continues, both detectives unravel a much larger conspiracy.

        While the mismatched detectives/missing person case seems pretty straightforward, what really makes this movie work is the chemistry between both Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. These two are absolute comedic GOLD. Crowe brings subtle hilarity mixed with hidden depths as the very straight-laced and brutish Jackson while Gosling brings more outlandish hilarity as Holland who is interestingly the "straight man" of the duo. One actress who I really want to give a shoutout to is Angourie Rice who plays Holland's daughter Molly that continuously ends up as a sidekick for the main duo. For such a young actress, she did a terrific job reacting to the hijinks caused by both Jackson and Holland.

      The screenplay by writer/director Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi is also very strong. Like I said earlier, the mismatched detectives/missing person storylines have been done before. But Black and Bagarozzi are able to give them new spins by having Holland's kid daughter as a sidekick, the case connecting to the porn industry, and why the missing girl ends up missing and such.

      Lastly, I really loved the nostalgia factor with how the film is set in the 70's. I'm a huge sucker for nostalgia, so it was nice to be taken back to such a time.


      Overall, The Nice Guys is a successful comedic vehicle that hinges on its two male leads who really deliver. Even if the plot gets familiar, the film manages to provide new and refreshing twists and turns.

Grade: A