Director: Shane Black
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Kim Basinger
This review is spoiler free!
A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. (Source: IMDB)
I’d deliberately tried to avoid the marketing for this film because I felt it was one which was better to go into cold. I’d seen the trailer which showed a lot of promise, but aside from knowing the cast and that it was a Shane Black movie, I knew very little.
This massively paid off in this case, and I was totally blown away by how great this film was! I sat down to think recently of the last comedy which straight up made me laugh consistently throughout and struggled to think of one. The Nice Guys has very easily filled that gap, and it’s undoubtedly the funniest film I’ve seen so far this year.
The IMDB synopsis gives very little away about the plot, and indeed the plot seems almost inconsequential at points, but when a film is this unashamedly fun, I didn’t really care about the story.
This film is a complete farce, and it’s wonderfully straight-edged “blink and you’ll miss it” brand of comedy is just so wonderfully charming. The laughs come thick and fast undoubtedly, but there’s so much to appreciate in the body language, the facial expressions and the line which immediately follows the punchline, meaning it pretty much demands a second viewing to appreciate every thing this film has to offer.
It will always pain me that Ryan Gosling will be known by many just as a “heart-throb”, the guy from the “hey girl” memes, or just “oh I loved him in The Notebook“. Gosling consistently makes great acting choices, playing wonderfully off the wall characters, and this film is one of his best yet. He’s so naturally funny, and his chemistry with Russell Crowe is outstanding.
The supporting cast are great, and particularly Angourie Rice who plays Gosling’s daughter. She actually has a pretty major role to play and there is a great dynamic between both her and Gosling, and her and Crowe.
Honestly there’s not much to fault here at all, I loved this film. It’s “shtick” grows a little tiresome in the middle act, and in a film this funny, I really noticed the bits that I wasn’t laughing in.
Some of the characters are not particularly well fleshed out, but you almost just have to accept everything that’s happening, ignore the things that don’t make sense, and just buckle up for the ride; because boy is it fun!
I saw this movie and you should too. Finally. A great, laugh out loud comedy that doesn’t have to resort to knob gags and cheap laughs! This film is so silly, but yet unbelievably smart. It makes you work for some of the jokes, whilst delivering others to you on a silver platter with a big knowing grin on its face. It’s wildly entertaining, and an absolute must-see!