The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★★½

The Nice Guys is a movie that's been on my radar for quite some time because the trailer (for some reason) reminded me of In Bruges. Now, did I expect this to be as emotionally moving or brutal as that film? No. But I did expect several layers of plot blended with comedy and just a dab a drama. The movie fully delivers on that. We're introduced to these characters brilliantly, with pathos and humor. I will say that the plot does get a bit complicated at times, but that honestly takes a back seat to Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe's brilliant chemistry. Gosling delivers a performance full of physical comedy and drunken bafoonery while Crowe plays a more comedic version of what we've seen him do before in films. There's also a couple other standouts in Angourie Rice and Matt Bomer, both standing up strong to the two leads. The film also dares to step into the weirdness, with a handful of bizare visual gags. That may take people out of the film, but I can't help but love a mainstream movie taking risks. If I have any complaint, it's that the end isn't quite as strong as the rest of the film. With that being said, this is the kind of movie I could see myself liking more on repeat viewings. Go out with a group of friends and have fun with this film.