Movie Review: The Nice Guys

December 26, 2020

Details from IMDB:

The Nice Guys (2016)

| | ActionComedyCrime | 20 May 2016 (USA)
In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.


 Shane Black

Initial Thoughts:

I never did see this in theatres despite it getting good reviews. Since I always seem to have at least 1 digital download from Cineplex, I decided to use it to get this one (and another movie that turned up on Amazon, grrr!) and watched it over my holiday break.

Main Points:

Russell Crowe is an Oscar-winning actor, he can be excellent but as of late he has taken roles that are not so good, thankfully this is one of his better picks. Ryan Gosling has always been excellent and has (at least what I've seen him in) always taken good roles, plus he's Canadian. Kim Basinger also has a small role here and does a good job.

As usual, no plot summary, what I really enjoyed about this movie is that while it's pretty serious (trying to solve the murder of a porn star in the '70s in LA) there is so much humour mixed in I just found myself really enjoying it. Don't get me wrong there is sex, nudity, violence and even some gore but it's all in the right amounts.

Good performances all around, Crowe, in particular, reminds us that he can still be really good in the right role and Gosling is obviously having fun and also delivers an excellent performance.

Movies like this show you what you can do with the right plot, actor and director, just make a movie you'll have fun with and provide a little escape from the realities of a very serious (and often depressing) year that 2020 has been.

Final Thoughts:

I should also mention Angourie Rice who does a great job, I have seen her in a few films and I think she will have a great career, she is lots of fun to watch. So while this isn't an Oscar-winning movie, I quite enjoyed it and would certainly recommend this to anyone 19+. A solid 8 out of 10 from me. As usual please don't let your kids watch this, ages 19+.