In The Nice Guys, everything you loved about the Seventies is back: paisley, non-ironic mustaches, troubled porn stars, the gas crisis. It’s like a time capsule for the days when people would say things like “oh, you mean GOVERNOR Reagan.”
Shane Black‘s dripping love letter to the disco era is more than just a gimmick in platforms. There’s an intriguing mystery and a lot of laughter.
In it, Ryan Gosling plays an alcoholic private detective taking gimme cases from octogenarians. When he crosses paths with leg breaker Russell Crowe, the mystery begins to unfold. Occasionally aided by Gosling’s wise-beyond-her-years daughter, Angourie Rice, the duo delves deep into the seamy underbelly of Los Angeles.
It’s like Chinatown, set in the Seventies, but funny.
Black has a long history of writing good buddy action movies (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). And where there are places where The Nice Guys feels like a retread of his previous films, they’re always the good places. Gosling (who is a great actor) stretches out into more comedic territory than he’s done previously, and it works. Crowe (who I dislike more than most things) is, begrudgingly, pretty good in the tough guy role.
The Nice Guys is a fun, often vulgar, more often hilarious, kind of violent action movie with a grade A cast, and that Crowe guy. Well worth a watch for those who’ve enjoyed a buddy action flick in the past, or if you’re just curious about revisionist Seventies fashion. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 8/23/16