The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★★½

Shane Black's The Nice Guys is incredibly entertaining, hilarious, and possibly the best time I've had at the theaters this year. Shane Black's sharp writing and vibrant direction mixed in with an incredibly satisfying combination between Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe makes for a recipe for success.

The chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe is one of the best pairing, both comically and in terms of action. There's plenty of laugh out loud moments between the two but there's also surprisingly a lot of heartfelt moments as well. Though possibly even outshining both Gosling and Crowe is child actress Angourie Rice who goes in the ranks of some of the best young and upcoming performers. She's able to stand her own against two A list stars and even has some of her own comedic moments. Kim Basinger and Matt Bomer feel completely wasted especially for how their characters tie into the plot.

Shane Black knows how to write a crowd pleaser. With plenty of laughs, some genuinely great action sequences, and some twists and turns thrown in. As said earlier, there's actually an emotional core in this movie that surprisingly fits quite well into the story. Most of the comedic moments hit quite well and there's very few that miss the mark. Though there were some moments in the second act of the film that felt a little dragged out and I found myself losing focus. Luckily this didn't happen too often.

Shane Black's direction mixes both old school and new school film-making styles to a great matter of success. The violence is over-the-top which for the most part works towards the film's benefit. Though at other times it feels a little off.

Overall I'd say The Nice Guys lived up to my high expectations and I found myself having a fantastic time watching it; it's possibly my favorite film of the year so far. I'd highly recommend checking out and giving it your money.

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