The Nice Guys is the latest film from director Shane Black who some may know for his work with Iron Man 3 (2013) or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). The film stars Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer and Margaret Qualley. The Nice Guys is a film set in the 1970’s, it’s a private detective story about two private detectives investigating the murder of a porn star.
These 1970’s action/comedy/cop films have never really been my thing, they are kind of cool to watch but for some reason they don’t fully capture my attention. But this film isn’t too bad, it’s certainly a lot better than last year’s Inherent Vice which I think is pretty similar to what we got here with The Nice Guys, but this one is much easier to follow and is better made.
Shane Black does a good job directing this one, with the pacing being quick all the way through. There’s enough space for all of the comedic elements and the director ensures that both Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling got some good screen time. It is actually a fairly funny film that had me chuckling quite a few times.
Actors are all good, I’ve always enjoyed watching Russell Crowe films, while Ryan Gosling was fairly good as well. Young Angourie Rice stars in this film as Holly who is Holland’s (Ryan Gosling’s) daughter. I have seen her act before in These Final Hours (2014), which is a pretty bad film, but back then I thought she was quite a good talent and she is in here as well, I think she’s a great actress. Margaret Qualley plays Amelia who is a person of interest for our detectives and is a central character of this story, she’s not bad as well.
You get a good mix of action in this film in amongst the plot and the jokes. There is also quite a lot of nudity is this film and some people are very interested in that and I have no complaints about it, there’s a lot in there for the audience. In the cinema I was in, I could hear a lot of people laughing and having a good time, so I can tell from being there that people had fun in there.
The Nice Guys is just a fun movie that brings audiences a private detective story starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. It’s got action, nudity and funny jokes all mixed in there. Director Shane Black does a great job with the pacing so you don’t really lose interest. This is a film that’s different to a lot of things out there at the moment and if you’re looking for something different and fun, this might be a good choice for you.