The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★★★

After the mysterious death of a porno actress, two private investigators search for a missing girl, only to find that this conspiracy goes right to the top! Featuring Richard Nixon as an angel, a naked model mistaken for a table, and Russell Crowe punching everything in sight, this is about as Shane Black as Shane Black gets. So, in short, I fucking adored it.

The neo-noir-comedy-action-thriller vibes is all I needed to hear to be enticed by this. Its two stars, Crowe doing what he does best as a badass, and Ryan Gosling surprisingly playing against type as a buffoon with a high-pitched scream, make for a wonderful buddy pairing, and the film is jam-packed full of irreverent humour and wildly entertaining action sequences. It's the sort of film that you know whether you're going to love or hate within the first couple of minutes.

Shane Black was interested in doing a sequel, but after its poor box office takings, barely breaking even on its $50 million budget, unfortunately it seems as though that will never come to fruition. It's a shame, because this is the sort of film that so many people would love if they sat down to watch it. Maybe if it has a second lease of life on DVD or if it's picked up by Netflix then we might be so lucky to see the Nice Guys investigate more bizarre crimes, but in the meantime we'll have to make do with obsessively watching this. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, because this will definitely be one I'll revisit time and time again.

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