The Nice Guys is set in 1970s LA and it tells the story of a private investigator, portrayed by Ryan Gosling, and an enforcer played by Russell Crowe, who get in each other’s way whilst trying to investigate a mysterious death.
Both Gosling and Crowe, are outstanding in the film and have amazing chemistry together. They are great actors as it is, but it’s the comedic texture of their characters that makes their performance a great one. Nevertheless, the surprise comes from Angourie Rice, who plays the teenage daughter of Gosling, and she is absolutely fantastic, especially when she is used to bring out the inappropriate adult jokes.
The script is extremely smart, hilarious and more importantly original. The comedy is used in a very witty way and in no way utilized just to fill in the cracks left by plot holes as it so often happens. The writing is exceptional, and through a very interesting and intriguing narrative the comedy is allowed to breath and bring the audience to the floor at times with huge bursts of laughter.
It’s a neo-noir film, very reminiscent of other Shane Black movies, but mostly of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It is very much similar to that, and is the type of film, that Black knows how to do very well, with his writing and directing style. The Nice Guys is a very bold project, considering that movies like this aren’t really thriving at the moment and the cast and crew should be applauded for taking on what they knew wasn’t going to be a huge box office success. Yet they have made a timeless movie.
The production design, the music, the editing everything is done to a tee and it makes the whole experience feel like the 70s. It achieves that detective vibe that is so rare nowadays and is a treat to watch and enjoy.
One of the funniest movies of the last few years with lots of character and style.