The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★½

This film was reviewed on Episode 27 of The Cut Speakuence Podcast

Shane Black is a director I've never jumped at the chance to indulge in. True, origin of this situation may lie in the fact that the man has hardly crafted as of late, but when he does, I quite enjoy it for what it is. As long as he isn't erasing Marvel properties out of existence for the sake of dumbfounded punchlines. The Nice Guys is much like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in the sense that it's the same concept, character format and setting, but with a much more lighthearted tone than the latter. It's odd-man/straight-man to the purist factor. This is a good thing and a bad thing for me. It's good, because that's what the movie is; Good. It's bad because Ryan Gosling's character has to hit with you by his first moments of dialogue, or you've got a Disney style comic relief character who'll constantly be falling flat up until the movie's half-way point. This happened to me...

But that also means that the film's halfway point was the movie's true savior, as things get much more serious, straight forward and heavy. Up until then, you really have no sense that there's danger afoot for our protagonists, because every time a gun is drawn on them, Gosling makes a funny quip, thus reminding the audience that it is just a movie and they will both survive without much real consequence by the end. Now, of course they would anyway, but being constantly reminded that my disbelief suspension is thoroughly necessary isn't my preferred method for such an obvious revelation to be realized. All in all though, this is a very good movie and reminder of how little originality Hollywood has these days, especially when comparing this to so many adaptations, remakes and spin-offs we're served up on a daily basis.

And lastly, if Gosling's daughter isn't your favorite character in this movie by it's end, it may be a sign that you left your soul back in the theater.

- The Spork Guy

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