The Nice Guys is a nice surprise. Based on the trailer, I knew I’d enjoy the music but who knew I’d like the movie as much as I did. I’m giving it an A-.
Ryan Gosling plays drunk PI Holland March, a single father, who still wears his wife’s wedding ring on a chain around his neck. His daughter is more mature than he is and seems to keep their family together including helping her father with his business. Hired to look into the death of a porn star, Holland gets caught up in something bigger than just a missing person’s case. Enter Russell Crowe, not so clean PI thug, Jackson Healey. First adversaries, then partners Crowe and Gosling bumble and push their way through a case that has more twists and turns than Commerce Road.
Have you ever seen a movie trailer and thought you knew what the movie was about? The Nice Guys’ trailer teases one thing but the movie has another! I loved that I was kept guessing! Although I have to warn you that the movie isn’t for the shy…nudity, swear words and violence fill the movie. It also has a strong message against Detroit and the Big 3. But it also has some of the best 1970’s wear and music and will have you laughing out loud at the antics!
Crowe’s character has nuances that make you want to like him even though you know he’s not really a nice guy. While Gosling plays the bumbling drunk to a T, I would have liked to have seen a little more depth but his daughter steals the movie with her sass and comebacks. Angourie Rice is an actress to watch.
While the movie was set in the late 70’s, many of the events are relevant today with government corruption and buy offs. It has the 70’s look but lacks the 70’s feel. There are many references to television shows and events of the era, from Nixon to the gas crisis, killer bees to The Waltons but feels more like the cartoon Archer with the snarky comments and muscle cars.
A fun movie to see and worth the money to see at the theater, if just for the chemistry between Crowe and Gosling.
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