There aren’t many comedies that draw me into a theater. Sure, there have been some recent surprises (i.e. Neighbors and The Night Before). However, the first trailer for Shane Black’s The Nice Guys sold me immediately. Set in the 1970s, the promised Ryan Gosling-Russell Crowe chemistry, wild adventure, and obscene humor in the trailers is delivered in full.
The Nice Guys is in the vein of a buddy cop comedy with sprinkled-in action bits. It has a very classic feel to it (IGN even called it the “Lethal Weapon for a new generation”); memorable quotes, funny action sequences, and an electrifying duo give the film a nostalgic element. Now, who knew Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe would make a great team? I sure didn’t. Audiences are quickly reeled into the duo’s amazing chemistry, and there aren’t any noticeable lulls throughout the film. Heck, even their pairing at the Oscars made for some small laughs.
The small joys from films like this are the ongoing jokes that run throughout the film. I won’t ruin any of the jokes, but the audience at my screening thoroughly enjoyed all of The Nice Guys‘ jokes. A lot of the film’s strength comes from the humor and chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Crowe, as well as other cast members like Angourie Rice and Yaya DaCosta. Thematically, The Nice Guys tries to delve into governmental corruption, which has been a major theme of 2016’s presidential race.
Now, the plot isn’t revolutionary, but it’s one of those fascinating investigative films that leads the audience from the introductory scene. The plot can get predictable, but I am not complaining at all. And, I’m nitpicking here, but I wish the film explored the characters Jackson (Russell Crowe) and Holland (Ryan Gosling) a bit more. There is some backstory given to the characters, but perhaps there is chance of a sequel? The events of The Nice Guys certainly lend themselves to a sequel, and I would personally love to see these guys back on the silver screen together.
Note: The Nice Guys is a load of fun, but meant for adults only. There are NSFW jokes, language, and a few scenes with nudity, so parents should think twice before taking children to see this film.
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