The Nice Guys (2016) Short Review

Director: Shane Black
Writers: Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice

The action comedy The Nice Guys is a well written and well acted piece of entertainment. It is a fresh take on such “obvious”storylines Hollywood has been producing, and part of its freshness may come from the unusual rhythm and kind-of-nonsense approach, which is latent on a few confusing moments but delightful at the same time.

Black’s script may have a few misses on too many catchphrases or worn out action clichés, but overall the story is on point, turning out to be extensively funny.
There are a few uncommon pauses (for blockbusters) that bring back the watcher from its suspension, facilitating the curiosity and keeping the movie from exhausting its viewers.

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The leading actors (Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling) are also just the right amount of mismatched. The child lead (Angourie Rice) brings a nice touch of surprise, perhaps enabling the audience to root for her and the detectives. The narrative itself it’s a bit set on luck, but the absurd universe of The Nice Guys takes that and turns into a perfectly ok setting.

The technical aspects in its totality are incredibly well delivered. The retro concept brings a commercial appeal to the movie, but it becomes beneficial when it reveals some smart perks during the film.

A song: Love and Happiness by Al Green

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