The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★

Amusing would be the best way to describe it. The smirks are fairly consistent, so added together perhaps that equals a good handful of bigger laughs spread unevenly throughout film. Gosling works surprisingly well as the clown detective and I do wish Crowe would get back to some real roles. The guy can really act but it feels like he's been coasting for well over a decade. Here he is in pay cheque mode once again.

Two hours is just too long for a film like this and if Shane Black hadn't strangely tried to half-heartedly create some sad back story for them both midway through, it could've been trimmed down. And what was the deal with the daughter? She was merely the weak leverage for Gosling's pointless backstory and there to provide an unnecessary moral conscience against Crowe's thuggery. The wide collars, funny colour suits and retro cars never seem enough to evoke the era it's set in and feels just as undercooked as everything else.