The Nice Guys

“The Nice Guys” stars Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling as Jackson Healy and Holland March, private detectives trying to locate a missing person named Amelia. Like many other ‘buddy’ movies, their start is fairly rocky, with (as you can see in the trailer). In the beginning, Holland was actually hired to track down a porn actress named “Misty Mountains”, but she’s soon found dead.  Also, there seems to be a mysterious connection between Misty and Amelia.  Furthermore, it turns out that it isn’t just Holland who is looking for Amelia, but also some unsavory people.  Pretty soon, Healy and March end up working together to uncover just what exactly is going on.  What actually happened to Misty Mountains, why does her grandmother insist that she saw Misty alive 2 days after her dead body was found.

And did I forget to mention that this is a comedy?

“The Nice Guys” is a pretty funny movie.  I must say that I chuckled through a lot of it, and laughed out loud at a few spots. Holland March (Gosling) is also a single father who’s trying to raise his daughter Holly (Angourie Rice) while also getting into all kinds of trouble related to this case. He’s doing his best, but somehow he can’t prevent his daughter from tagging along during his investigations, including a visit to a party hosted for members of the adult film industry. Jackson Healy (Crowe) is the tough guy who seems more competent, yet is unlicensed, and has a tendency towards violence (much to the detriment of Holland, who’s arm he breaks early on, and to the disapproval of Holland’s daughter). Oh yeah, it’s rated R for violence, sexuality, nudity, language and brief drug use.

Both Crowe, and particularly Gosling, are perfect for their roles. But the script itself is not perfect, not all of the humor hits, there’s a fight scene where it’s not exactly clear who is on who’s side, and the ultimate villain is a bit unsatisfying. But it works as a comedy better than it works as a mystery. And I really did have a good time watching it, so I definitely recommend it.

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2 thoughts on “The Nice Guys

  1. I’ve heard that he’s probably going to be writing and directing the upcoming “Doc Savage” film, which could be interesting (and not only because Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star in it. I can vaguely recall seeing the old 1975 film “Doc Savage: Man of Bronze” on cable way back when, but otherwise I know very little about the character.

    In any case, I’m looking at Shane Black’s IMDB page right now, and he hasn’t directed a lot of films. I kinda liked Iron Man 3 — I didn’t love it, but I liked it. Other than “The Nice Guys”, I haven’t seen anything else that he’s directed. But his writing credits are a bit more impressive, imho, especially the first two Lethal Weapon movies.

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