The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★½

"Look on the bright side. Nobody got hurt."

Shane Black's third directorial feature is a fun 1970's detective crime mystery featuring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, who together have great chemistry on screen. With Black's trademark buddy-cop dialogue, the two leads excel in their parts, with Crowe combining his characters from 'American Gangster' and 'LA Confidential' and Gosling starring in his funniest on screen role yet. Fans of 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' will enjoy Ryan Gosling's role, which is reminiscent of both Downey Jr and Kilmer.

Bathed in the aesthetic that reminded me of 'Inherent Vice', 'The Nice Guys' is a much more comedic film than a straight up crime drama, with my favorite scene being Keith David fighting Crowe (eerily similar to the Dangerfield fight Carpenter's 'They Live'). Some of the plot points fell flat for me, but the slick pacing and action keeps the film from feeling slow.

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