The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★★½

So you're telling me you made a porno where the plot is the point?
-Holland March

Now it was awesome when Shane Black came back 8 years after making his directorial debut to finally tackle his second film with Iron Man 3. It was a great movie and everything, but this right here... The Nice Guys, this is the real followup to his debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang that fans have been waiting for since 2005.

Sure this is yet another neo-noir buddy comedy, but it's not like the theaters are flooded with them now is it? Also it took over a decade for Black to make a second one so no one should be complaining. We'd be lucky if we had "too many" of these films being released.

Now I had no idea, but because of Shane Black now I know that I NEEDED a film with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling together in my life. Gosling is hilarious and Crowe has the straight man with dry humor down cold, together though it came to a point where they hardly had to do anything at all to crack me up anymore.

The convoluted 70s L.A. noir story is just awesome pulpy goodness. Sex, drugs, murder, conspiracy, it's all there. Because noir has so little representation now (kinda like westerns) stuff like this feels incredibly fresh again and it also helps that this is a territory that Black is an expert in. That and witty dialogue, which this film has for it's entire run time.

Crowe and Gosling is what makes this so damn entertaining though, along with Angourie Rice as Holland March's (Gosling) daughter. She's almost as important to the dynamic of the team as the two lead stars. First noticed her in These Final Hours were she was great too in a completely different role. She's one to look out for.

Again though this ranks up with the most entertaining I've ever seen Crowe and Gosling along with Black's writing and directing guiding them. I hope Black can give us a film like this every now and them between his upcoming blockbusters (The Predator, Doc Savage, ect...). Really happy we don't have to wait 8 years between his films now.

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