The Nice Guys Film Review

The Nice Guys [2016]
15, Crime
Director: Shane Black
Screenwriter: Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi
Russel Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Margaret Qualley


Not sure if I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, I love the old crime noir films. As well as this I’m also a big fan of Iron Man 3, another film directed by Shane Black, so as soon as I saw the trailer to The Nice Guys I knew it was going to be a great film!

The Nice Guys stars Ryan Gosling as Holland March, a washed up private investigator looking for a girl named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) until hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russel Crowe) tells him to stop. However when two other people come round asking Healy about Amelia, he realizes that there may be more to this case than meets the eye so goes back to March and along with March’s daughter Hollie (Angourie Rice), they set out in search of Amelia.

This film to put it simply is amazing, however one of the best aspects has to be chemistry between the films two leads, Gosling and Crowe. They are hilarious in this movie, absolutely stealing every scene they’re in. Crowe playing the straight man enforcer while Gosling plays the drunken washed up private investigator, it’s a relationship that can only work in a movie. With these characters, Black has completely reinvented the buddy cop comedy with a mix of old noir elements to create what has to be the best black comedy of the year so far.

Speaking of the Noir elements, it’s clear to see from every shot Black’s love for the crime movies of the 1970’s/80’s. You have the bright colours of neon shining up the city streets of LA mixed in beautifully with the dark grittiness of the crime/thriller genre. This also blends in well with the story, which mixes in some truly surreal elements which makes you question the entire story. For instance at one point as he’s falling asleep at the wheel Gosling begins to hallucinate himself a self-driving car, ankle guns and even a giant killer bee. Although if there’s one thing that’s seriously missing from the movie it’s the ending of Iron Man 3, as in the ultra-stylized ending credits sequence. With that it would’ve been amazing, although I can’t really penalize a film for something not included.

Overall this was an increadibly well acted, well directed, stylized  love letter to the crime noir genre. Both lead actors as well as the leading lady, Rices’ Hollie March, perform brilliantly together and I cannot wait to see if this movie gets the sequel it deserves.

The Nice Guys gets a 10/10

If you liked this then you’ll love Nightcrawler, Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


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