Friday, May 20, 2016

Movie Review: The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys is a great action comedy from the director of Lethal Weapon and Iron Man 3, Shane Black. Starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, the movie tells the tale of a hapless drunk private investigator and his odd partnership with a tough-guy-for-hire. The PI played by Gosling drinks and slouches his through the story while Crowe as the tough guy punches and fights anyone that gets in their way.

This enjoyable comedy mixes with the mystery and a few action scenes meshing together nicely. The acting was great and the directing kept the pace moving fast. From escaping ruthless killers to confronting young activists to meeting with the head of the Justice department (Kim Basinger) and all through parties in the pornography and auto industry, the team up of Crowe and Gosling crack jokes and keep the mood light despite several deaths.

The movie is set in the 1970s, yet there are parallels to today. The filmmakers remember this generation fondly with a recent trend towards films set in this era of disco and free love. Black also captures the corruption as Los Angeles is in a state of decay and, at least in the world's movie, crime, pollution, and protest are rampant. 

No one is especially happy except for maybe the ruthless killer John Boy (Matt Bomer), a great character. He brings out the big guns and is responsible for most of the shootouts. There was also Tally, the Justice Department's assistant, (Yaya Dacosta) who has to look tough and fight off advance's from Gosling's sleazy detective character, Holland March.

As March's daughter who has to make it on her own as her detective father is constantly running out, Angourie Rice shows a lot of potential for a young actress. She helps in the investigation and isn't just regulated as a hostage device and actually helps out in a ton of scenarios. Look out for a hilarious scene with coffee near the climax. The other daughter and the subject of the investigation is probably the only character name that one will remember by the end of the film, Amelia, (Margaret Qualley).

This movie is a fun time at the theaters that should be helpful to forget your worries about the disgusting nature of reality. People are actually awful and this film does a good job with showing that even the nice guys can only do so much and usually end up getting screwed either way. There really is no easy way to get ahead but at least we can use entertainment to drown out all the awfulness and lose ourselves if only for an hour or two before this stupid world run by corrupt morons and sick degenerates takes hold and sucks us down to their awful level. 

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