The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★

Goes down real smooth, and often funny as hell. Gosling surprises with a committed, physical, hilarious performance. And the whole thing manages to use the 'little girl who's beyond her years' trope without feeling tired.

Where The Nice Guys is decidedly let down is in its narrative, which puts on airs of classically confusing Chandler-esque noir plotting, but feels empty and wandering instead of complicated and full. Black also feints towards an exploration of the intersection between sex and violence (especially in the very first scene, which is great) but he never really moves beyond a surface level discussion.

Moment to moment, this works, but it falls apart on a macro level.

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