The Nice Guys
If you are in the mood to go into the theater, sit in a time-machine and enjoy that kind of movie we all used to watch and enjoy in the late 80s and early 90s which is ironically staged in the late 70s starring two amazing actors who are living it up - well then you better go and check out “The Nice Guys”.
Acting
Directing
Script
Fun
Timeless
The Good
  • Gosling and Crowe are just plain awesome together
  • Haven't seen as much fun dialogue since a long time
  • I miss the 90s
The Bad
  • Who cares - it's fun...
4.2Overall Score
Reader Rating: (1 Vote)

The moment I saw the trailer – I was already fully sold getting smore of that kind of movie which was the center of my childhood (Lethal Weapon, Red Heat, 48 Hours, The Last Boy Scout – just to name a few). But unfortunately, these movies are no longer en vogue – so I thank Shane Black for occasionally dropping such fun on us like he did with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which I now have to rewatch) and the bespoken The Nice Guys.

Throughout the film, I kept thinking how much fun both Crowe and Gosling must have had shooting this action-bromance and how much more fun the writing crew must have had when presumably Shane Black and the good old Joel Silver walked into a room and said:

“So we are making this movie, which happens in the late 70s and it stars an overweight Russel Crowe and a constantly drunk Ryan Gosling who have to solve this really twisted case together. They are both kind of incompetent and ought to have really odd-ball dialogues. Have at it, guys!” (Fictional dialogue which probably never happened)

And quite frankly, this is basically the movie – there are tons of amazing dialogue and slapstick moments between Crowe and Gosling who have such awesome screen chemistry that you better hope there will be a sequel. There is a good amount of fun, loud, Joel-Silver-esque action sequences (even they are totally overshadowed by the bespoken dialogues). Even the plot is kind of ok – but even that wouldn’t matter or make this movie look bad. Because the main mission here for both the crew, the cast and the audience to have a lot of fun – and I have had a good amount of wholehearted LOLz in the movie theatre and that is what counts. Oh, and did I mention that there is Kim Basinger who gives the movie a really interesting twist (PS: She still looks great for her age and totally outdoes her former L.A. Confidential screenmate from down under who has gone Joseph-Hallenbeck in this one)

I guess there is no point in going into too much detail – because quite frankly there isn’t a hell lot to analyze here. All I can say that if you are in the mood to go into the theater, sit in a time-machine and enjoy that kind of movie we all used to watch and enjoy in the late 80s and early 90s which is ironically staged in the late 70s starring two amazing actors who are living it up – well then you better go and check out “The Nice Guys”.

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