The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★★½

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Shane Black is one of my favourite movie screenwriters. Iron Man 3 is one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his movies films like The Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and The Last Boy Scout have been some of the most enjoyable DVD experiences that I've had for sheer entertainment value. The Nice Guys came along and blew me away, with the usual smart dialogue, the usual ultra violence, the usual scene set at Christmas, it's Shane Black, and chances are by now, you'll know what to expect.

Yet that doesn't stop The Nice Guys from being so entertaining. Gosling and Crowe both play men hired to find a missing girl, who cross paths after a misunderstanding. Gosling is really proving that he has great comic-relief timing here in an excellent role, and his chemistry with Crowe is pretty good, as Gosling plays a Private Detective named Holland March whilst Crowe plays a thug for hire Jackson Healy. Both actors are on form as The Nice Guys moves from one awesome scene to the next.

Set in the 1970s the film uses its setting well - it's part Inherent Vice, part The Big Lebowksi. The cinematography is solid and you get a real sense of atmosphere, with the screenplay using many set-pieces that work really well, with several comical gags. Please don't watch the trailers though, because they give far many of them away - although that said, I still found myself laughing at the ones not included in them.

This is a return to form for the buddy cop genre after so many misfires in the past and I really hope we get a sequel at some point in the near future. The film is one of those rare movies that actually manages to find child actors who aren't annoying, and Angourie Rice's Holly March actually gets some of the best moments in the film.

Some great stuff here, The Nice Guys emerges as one of my favourite movies of the year so far and is really worth watching if you can. Shane Black is back!

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