Nice Guys don’t always have to finish last.
Written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3), The Nice Guys is a movie that’s hard not to love. The Nice Guys is a buddy cop movie wrapped up in a film noir story with consistently funny and clever slapstick comedy bits. Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe play two “assholes” who get caught up in a very elaborate case that involves finding a missing girl. It’s entertaining and laugh-out-loud hilarious, so whether you are able to keep up with the plot or not shouldn’t curtail your enjoyment…since that’s kind of part of the joke anyways.
The best aspect of The Nice Guys is the writing. The dialogue is sharp, clever, and funny. Many of the scenes are setup brilliantly, and your almost always surprised by the large amount of coincidences that subvert what you think is going to happen. Usually that could be seen as poor writing, but the comedic mastery of the characters and the situations they find themselves in is nothing short of genius.
Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe are at their best here. While Crowe plays his usual quiet brooding self, Gosling plays a total failure, loser, goof of a detective that’s hard not to love despite his many shortcomings, and there are a lot of them. These two look like they’re having a blast and their performances shine because of it. The chemistry between them would make Walter White happy. The rest of the cast is solid, though not given anywhere near as much as the two leads, besides a nice and touching performance from Angourie Rice who plays Gosling’s daughter.
I won’t go out on a limb and say this film is for everybody. It’s at times violent, juvenile, and revolves almost entirely around porn in the 70’s. Sensitive viewers might not have the best time, but if you want to support creative, original, and quality filmmaking then go see this film.
It’s really good and stuff.
Overall score: 5/5 stars