The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★★½

I'm not sure if I'm ready to fully review this one, but there is so much going on under the surface. Nearly everything is right in this film. Jokes exist on the levels of beat, scene, sequence, and whole film and keep coming at all times. No type of joke is discriminated against. "How did you know my name is Buddy?" Or the fucking fantasy dream sequence with robotic cars and Hannibal Burress-voiced honey bees. Gosling and Crowe give their most believably humane performances in ever. Why can't dramatic directors learn from comedies? (Simon Pegg is one of the most compelling actors in our generation.) I absolutely love the 70's setting, which feels more fitting than any of the navel-gazing revivalism of a PTA film. The escalation and absurdity of the mystery/violence feels both as silly as THE BOONDOCK SAINTS but completely emotionally grounded. The knock on Detroit and the corruption amongst older generation American capitalist systems while satirizing the inherent pettiness of adolescence feels extremely fitting in our post-Recession co-opted identity politik days, and the contrast between empathy of childhood versus the slow and deliberate disillusionment of adulthood is nothing short of beautiful. Angourie Rice is in THE BEGUILDED; I'm sure she'll carry it.