A solid 9/10. Ryan Gosling is hilarious in this skillfully-crafted 70's crime pastiche. You can't help but have fun watching this movie, and even though (like the canyon roads featured in this film) some of the twists and turns are questionable, the destination is totally righteous.
They will teach this in screenplay classes clear across Los Angeles County. This is the advanced seminar; a walking, talking how-to manual. There is considerable fun here, in point of fact, checking off the slots on the plot mechanics score card. But the humor is absolutely baseline puerile and dumber than shit. And it tries to be cute. Shane Black always tries to be cute. Now, why? Who does he think he's kidding?
"Writer-director Shane Black returns to the comedy-noir vibe of his 2005 hit Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with this riotously funny thriller set in late-1970s Los Angeles." Destined for cult status, 'The Nice Guys' is a must see for those who enjoy a fun old-school buddy cop type of movie. Ryan Gosling steals the show with a great standout performance.
The movie Shane Black was born to make -- the authentic period trappings lend a reflective, profound sense of place to his neo-noir sensibilities. Gosling and Crowe are a pitch-perfect duo and the briskly-paced, complex-but-never-convoluted story is overflowing with action, jet-black humour and pathos.
Almost stupid enough to be a Disney mystery, but with boobs and swearing. There is a 12-year-old-girl-detective, which certainly helps add to the Disneyesque feel. And it quickly deteriorates into an action film, with cars and shooting, and people falling out of buildings. Great '70's soundtrack, tho.
An enjoyable romp through late 70's L.A. that's comic elements outweigh any dramatic intent. Like the recent 'Inherent Vice' aping the conventions of American 70's cinema brings rewards but pale in comparison regardless. Story gets away from Black this time out though the film certainly has some memorable performances. Gosling and Crowe work very well together but Angourie Rice steals the film from under them.
Sporadically funny, THE NICE GUYS coasts on movie cliches (two unlike men become best buds) and subverting movie cliches (Russell Crowe's character, ironically always sober, by the end of the movie takes up drinking). Shane Black is a clever writer; the plot is a sideshow for witty banter and nimble action scenes. Yet the "Where is Emilia?" MacGuffin can hardly sustain a disjointed story or Ryan Gosling's overacting.
"The Nice Guys" is, no doubt, a hell of a lot of fun. While the film may not achieve the sardonic heights of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" - perhaps the Platonic ideal of the Shane Black formula - it's nevertheless a refreshingly edgy throwback to the buddy-cop flick. To my surprise, the real highlight here is the chance to witness Russell Crowe in full on Movie Star mode again, delivering an utterly lovable performance.