Monday, June 20, 2016

The Nice Guys (2016)

IMDb plot summary: A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.
Directed by Shane Black. Starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, and Matt Bomer.

This is definitely very much in the style of Shane Black's earlier movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a darkly funny comedy about two men who find themselves in over their heads trying to solve a crime. The humor here isn't quite as meta as it was there (or, IMHO, as funny), but Black's distinctly snarky dialogue is still evident. Although this plays more like a straight drama for the majority of the movie, when the laughs happen, they happen big. The general repartee between Crowe's and Gosling's characters is fun to watch, and I loved the character of Gosling's daughter, who is smart and adventurous without being too precocious. Definitely an enjoyable watch, even if it didn't wow me.

3.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
The Nice Guys > Dreamgirls
The Nice Guys < Argo
The Nice Guys > A Separation
The Nice Guys < The Green Mile
The Nice Guys > Duck Soup
The Nice Guys < The Big Short
The Nice Guys > The Return of the Living Dead
The Nice Guys < 2001: A Space Odyssey
The Nice Guys > De-Lovely
The Nice Guys < Rocky
Final spot: #822 out of 2463.

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