The Nice Guys, a movie review

A movie review by: Lee Sonogan

The Nice Guys (2016) R/1h56min/action, comedy, crime


This seventies crime, dark humour movie is surprisingly good and the first film directed by Shane Black to not star Robert Downey Jr. A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in Los Angeles. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling play these roles well, a different type of character than this to would usually play as. This movie had a budget of 50 million and earned 61.4 million at the box office.

The project was initially proposed as a TV series but was re-tooled as a film after the pilot seemed to be going nowhere. Principal talents Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling were both child actors who dropped out of high school to pursue their careers and never had formal training in acting. This is the second collaboration between Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger, the first being L.A. Confidential (1997).

The only thing I do not like about this movie is that it is over the top in some scenes. Such as the dream sequence with Ryan Gosling’s character. The last half of the movie turns into a conspiracy theory. The ending is action-packed and reveals all answers before the ending credits.

“Hitler only had one ball,” said Ryan Gosling’s character at the escalator scene.

In conclusion, it is an original investigation movie. It keeps you interested through its amusing scenes and its witty dark humour. The child actors in this movie are classic too. It is worth the time to watch the whole thing. The overall crime story in it is interesting and well written too. The Nice Guys is not a nice movie. The buddy genre evolves and changes with the times, such as this movie.



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