Just a quick PSA: Don’t give any more of your money to Angry Birds! It’s bad enough it toppled Civil War at the box office this past weekend after its lengthy streak on top at #1, but this movie is currently in 4th place behind it! That’s kinda outrageous and a damn shame. What I’m saying is that, The Nice Guys is awesome and you should go see it. ASAP.
The Nice Guys is directed by Shane Black starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling and is a mystery-crime buddy cop film. This movie takes place in the 1970s of Los Angeles, where an not-so lucky private investigator named Holland March played by Gosling, gets partnered up with a hired enforcer known as Jackson Healy played by Crowe. Together, March & Healy’s job is to investigate and solve the case of a missing young girl who happens to be involved in the strange death of a porn star.
Right off the bat, this film has a very strong retro vibe to it. From the music to the look, this feels like a real old school film. To me, this movie seemed a little out of date, like it’s a movie that wouldn’t be made in this day of age just because times have changed. However to my recollection, I’ve never seen a buddy cop movie like The Nice Guys before because it feels entirely fresh and is a pretty unconventional mystery-comedy. The director, Shane Black also co-wrote this film along with Anthony Bagarozzi and I have to give them major props here because they nailed it this one.
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. Man, they work phenomenal together here, they’re on-screen chemistry is on point in this film. They play off each other’s dialogue and actions so well, it’s just a blast to watch them interact with one another and their surroundings. One of the things I really dug about their strange friendship, is that they’re very similar to each in regards to their respective past. Like most buddy cop films, the two guys that are paired together are usually an “odd couple” so to speak. Gosling and Crowe’s characters instantly find a common ground between each other, figuring out that they’re not too different from each other and in return, it allows them to work so well together as an effective, witty-detective duo.
It’s also worth noting that Gosling’s on-screen daughter, Holly March played by Angouire Rice is a pivotal supporting character in this movie. She basically is the sidekick to her father and his cases and she actually aids March and Healy in their investigation. At first, I thought she was going to be just a nosy side character, but she helped progresses the plot in a good way. In addition, some of her line deliveries are fantastic and give you a sense of who she is and why she’s like the way she is. This resourceful 13 year old girl was, surprisingly, a great addition to the team in the long run.
The action in this movie is very enticing and pulls you in as an audience member, I felt invested throughout this film. Not to mention the main focal point of the story, the mystery of the missing girl and the death of a porn star. This mystery is very intriguing and that’s thanks in part to the writing. This movie does a great job putting together the puzzle pieces of this mystery, one by one in a solid good pacing so that you’re still into the plot and never feeling a sense of disconnect.
The bottom line here is that The Nice Guys has awesome characters you can get behind, a good story, good writing/ dialogue and solid action scenes. I had a great time watching this movie and I’m going to it a “A” on my movie grading scale. Gosling and Crowe kill it in this movie, their character’s personalities meshed very-very well together and it made for a fresh, original, and enjoyable buddy cop flick.
Catch Angry Birds at a Redbox when it comes out on DVD if you really want to see it, but you should absolutely go check out Nice Guys in theaters.
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