The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★★

More Shane Black shaggy dog noir. That's all you need really but here's more anyway. Crowe and Gosling are great, the plot is janky but works, the smoggy 70s LA setting owns and there are plenty of weird character details that help make it. Has my new favourite dream sequence, mainly because of the payoff later. Always worried Black's stylised dialogue will fall into the Whedon/Sorkin trap where you just want the characters to shut the fuck up but it doesn't because sure, everyone's got witty one liners but all the characters are pretty dumb still and aren't arch or above the audience. Felt more lighthearted than Kiss Kiss Bang Bang but it's like Black adapted it from a novel on the same bookshelf or whatever. Good movie and stuff.

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