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.
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