Review: The Nice Guys (2016)

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Russel Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice

Holland March (Gosling) a private investigator hired to investigate a sighting of a recently deceased porn star and he has a hunch that there’s a connection with a missing girl. However that missing girl doesn’t feel like being found so hires enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) to stop March. When Healy finds out that his client is in danger he enlists the help of March to find her and keep her safe with the help of March’s daughter, Holly. 

The chemistry between the two leads is undeniable and watching them together is truly a delight. All the characters work well together in the movie. Shane Black has his own distinct style with his writing and it comes through in full force for this movie. The way the story unfolds and comes together, sometimes in surprising ways, really keeps you locked in to the movie.

the movie is set in 1977 and it definitely has a 70’s feel to it. The set pieces, the clothing and the lingo are all very distinctive of the era and it makes for a really fun backdrop to the story.

There aren’t many negatives I could give for this movie, the main one though is that Ryan Gosling walks a fine line between being a bumbling idiot and a brilliant detective and at times can really stretch how far he can go with each, but that’s a minor issue.

Overall this is a really fun movie that keeps you locked in from beginning to end. The action is incredibly enjoyable to watch and the chemistry between the characters is sharp and engaging. I give The Nice Guys a 9/10.

What do you think, have you seen The Nice Guys? Let me know what you thought in the comments. Thanks for reading and till next time, take it easy.


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