2016 is the year full of sequels, comic book movies, prequels and franchise starters. So it’s refreshing to see an original film come into the mix just before the summer blockbusters hit our screens. After recently watching Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the thought of another written and directed piece of work from Black was mouth-watering. Leading the line for his 70’s LA set detective movie is Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. These two private detectives cross each other’s path as they are both looking for a missing girl named Amelia which is also linked to the sudden death of a porn star. Gosling’s slapstick and humorous persona blends in perfectly with Crowe’s bad-cop, tough guy characteristics.
The lead two actors are by far the best thing about this movie. I never would have thought in a million years that Crowe and Gosling would have such an incredible chemistry together on screen. I was certain that their personalities would clash, but it’s the complete opposite. They bounce off each other incredibly well and give us one of my favourite duos on screen for a very long time. Gosling’s character is very much like a comedic performance. All drama is thrown out of the window and bares all as he shows a different side to the Canadian actor that we aren’t used to seeing on screen. He feels a lot more comfortable doing a comedic performance and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him constantly fall over and make a fool of himself. Crowe also gave a very good performance, too. Doing what he does best, he dominates the screen when he is on by showing off his powerful prowess and being the muscle of the movie. It’s a joy to see two personal favourites of mine both do a great movie and give off a great performance. This is by far Goslings best movie since 2011’s Drive and Crowe’s best movie in nearly a decade being American Gangster.
Having a very good script from veteran screenwriter Shane Black helps the movie out loads, too. Black’s expertise on screenplays is cop/detective movies, as he is well known for writing the screenplay for the first Lethal Weapon movie. His brilliant writing helped create two of the best characters on screen in the 80’s in Riggs and Murtaugh. This time, he has created two incredibly interesting personas in Healy (Crowe) and March (Gosling). His wackiness and off the wall writing is always well received as a writer and The Nice Guys has to be his best work yet.
There isn’t anything I can really say that’s wrong with this film. The positives of the film are incredibly high that it almost makes it a perfect movie. I was thoroughly entertained throughout, the characters are interesting and I was crying with laughter all the way to the end. I loved it that much that I would easily go back for a second, third or even fourth viewing. I cannot recommend this film enough. I do think its perfect for all ages, as the older generation will enjoy and appreciate the disco 70’s themed soundtrack and the younger audience will enjoy the comedic element throughout the film. 5 out of 5 stars.