Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Duration: 116 minutes
India Release Date: 10-JUN-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4 on 5
Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn’t the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they’ll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy.
Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys is a slapstick comedy, directed by Shane Black (of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang & Iron Man 3). Movie is smart, action packed, violent, irreverent, thrilling and entertaining. Film effortlessly blends several genres including neo-noir mystery, thriller and a buddy cop comedy & action; but works better as a comedy than any other category. The characters are well written, and fits well with the theme of the film. There was rare a dull moment. It has lot of gags that are really good with great deliveries on the punch-lines and some solid physical humor to boot. Strong key element that makes the movie work so well it’s is great leads Crowe and Gosling. The chemistry they share is often smart, funny and forms the element purpose of a buddy cop film. The Nice Guys is pure and simple fun.
Performance & Technical Review:
The Nice Guys plays so well; firstly the direction and the script are well presented. Secondly, the production design, costume design, and cinematography also deserve a special mention. The soundtrack is catchy and nostalgic and costumes are presentable for the story’s set era 70’s. The script is smart, funny and very much a noir mystery. Strong key element that makes the movie work so well it’s is great leads Crowe and Gosling. A genuine connection can be felt in their relationship throughout the film.. The supporting cast handle themselves well, there is no miscast whatsoever. Shane Black is a excellent director and a brilliant writer. He knows how to create hilarious characters and how to put them in absurd scenes in a comic way.
The Nice Guys is funny, thrilling, entertaining with testosterone-fueled action. Don’t miss it (I was lucky to see the film uncensored. Hope is the same case with you all in nearby theater).
Ratings: 4 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5