Once in awhile a movie I haven’t heard too much of surprises me and this one is it.
Comedy. Action. A little bit of history/1970’s nostalgia. Rapid fire humor.
A depressed, drunken detective teams up with a leg breaker for hire to search for a missing porn actress.
BQB here with a review of The Nice Guys.
It’s the late 1970s. Ryan Gosling is Holland March, a private detective with a penchant for booze who doesn’t mind billing his clients but doesn’t have a lot of follow through when it comes to solving crimes. He gets paid just the same.
Jackson Healey (aka Russell Crowe) beats the crap out of people for money and in his free time, gets depressed over the wife who left him.
When a porn actress goes missing, they team up to take the case.
Many jokes ensue, some going so fast if you don’t concentrate you’ll miss them.
Jokes about waiting in gas station lines, phone cords getting in the way, and other things that well, people old enough to remember the 70’s (hell even the 80s) would find funny.
Rounding out the duo to make it a trio is Angourie Rice, who plays Holland’s thirteen year old daughter. March’s dedication to his fatherly duties is pretty much his one redeeming quality, though as a viewer, I was left thinking many of the situations Holly was put in weren’t exactly ordeals you’d want to see a thirteen year old go through.
1970’s clothes, fashions, and hairstyles. Russell Crowe is looking a little long in the tooth and far from his Gladiator days, which makes me sad. But he was still good in this.
There were a few moments that left me scratching my head. Kim Basinger plays the head of the Justice Department and uh…come on. A lady Justice Department head wasn’t happening in the 70’s. And Kim wasn’t made up to look very 70’s looking. She was just pretty much Kim, like she is in every movie she’s in.
It’s hard to explain the plot without giving it all away. And without delving into spoilers…it has an ending that, well, isn’t a traditional one. I might write about it after people have more time to see it.
Anyway. Worth it. Shelf-worthy. Check it out.