Skip to main content

Movie Review: The Nice Guys *Spoiler free*

The Nice Guys movie from writer/director Shane Black is a laugh out loud, comedy, crime, action drama that showcases its two leads, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling not exactly against type but perhaps a little left of centre from what you might expect of them.

Both play private detectives who are initially working opposite sides of the same case (kind of) but eventually come together as things become more complex.


Jackson Healy (Crowe) is more of a stand over man initially, hired to warn Holland March (Gosling) against pursuing his current line of inquiry, seeking out a girl who may have seen a dead porn star, still alive, two days after her murder.

Holland is something of a drunken private eye who knows all the tricks for separating clients from their money without necessarily doing the work. The only thing stopping him from completely falling off the wagon is his 13 year old daughter, Holly (Angourie Rice).

Set in the late 1970's you would expect this film to make the most of this largely politically incorrect era, and it does, but not specifically making a point of doing so. It really focuses on characters and story more so than the era and style.

I went along to see this film on the strength of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling's reputation as actors. To me it sounded like a genius idea to bring these two together with plenty of potential for something interesting to happen. I wasn't disappointed.

Russell generally plays the straight guy to Ryan who gets more of the comedic opportunities and really nails them. I'd put this as one of his best performances. Much of it works so well because it's often contrasted with Russell's no nonsense and intense sensibility. However Russell still gets to be funny too.

I didn't expect Angourie Rice's character, Holly, to play such a big part in the film. Far from being something of an inconvenience for Holland she does her best to really involve herself in her father's business, even showing that she's learnt a thing or two about how to handle a desperate situation. It's kind of disappointing that the character is in an adult film and won't be experienced by anyone in the characters age range.

The Nice Guys is something of a return for Shane Black to the style of his earlier 2005 film, Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. If you enjoyed that then you'll almost certainly like this. I would even suggest that Nice Guys is a better film in terms of its humour. Certainly I laughed out loud more in this film.

Honestly, as much as I like big budget superhero movies (of which Shane Black directed and co-wrote the screenplay for Iron Man III), I really miss this kind of buddy cop movie, that's all about story and character and less about impressive CGI.

There's still plenty of spectacle and action but it's more traditional gun fights, car chases and practical stunt work that used to be more common place through the eighties and nineties big budget movies.

You don't need to see The Nice Guys in a cinema but if you get a chance to I'd highly recommend it. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's a fun two hours with great characters and a story that isn't entirely predictable and by the numbers. There's always something going on and you'll be suitably entertained.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Bukirk Glamping - Camping in Style, Clare Valley, South Australia

Glamping is for those who want to experience the outdoor lifestyle of camping without foregoing the luxuries of basic motel accommodation.

Bukirk (pronounced 'Buh -kirk') Glamping, located on a rural property, in the Clare Valley, just outside of Clare, South Australia, is by far one of the best accommodation experiences my partner and I have enjoyed to date. Although Bukirk's Facebook page says you could bring a family (I guess additional bedding can be arranged?), everything is more clearly targeted at couples, looking for a romantic getaway where the accommodation is a memorable part of the experience, and not just somewhere to stay.

Virtual Reality Addiction Meets Online Shopping and Death!

I'm certainly not the first person to predict the idea of immersive virtual worlds. Movies like Tron (1982) and The Lawnmower Man (1992) are two of the earliest popular culture references to the concept I can think of, off the top of my head. Then of course there is The Matrix (1999) where the VR world idea really hit the mainstream big time.

However, back in early 2005, the practice of online shopping, with real money, for digital products in virtual worlds like Second Life (which was more cutting edge back then) began to meld in my mind with the idea of corporations controlling that experience through marketing and advertising.

The Awkward Amy Schumer Interview That Wasn't Her Fault

Last week comedian Amy Schumer participated in a very awkward interview with Mamamia, Columnist/Journalist/Senior Editor (sorry I'm not sure which job description is most appropriate) Monique Bowley. The interview went so badly that Monique simply had to just own it and write about just how badly it went, and podcast about it as well. Even better the whole interview was captured on video which you can watch below as a precursor to my thoughts on the aftermath.

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Ten years in the making and Marvel finally releases part one of the Avengers versus Thanos, A.K.A. Avengers: Infinity War.

After seeing all 18 films in the MCU prior to this, and liking most of them, I was pretty confident this movie would not disappoint.

Other than a few minor issues - that are all my personal taste and in no way reflect on the quality of the film - it really delivers. Thanos is indeed the big, bad villain of the MCU that we've been antcipating.

BEILEXING Autocycle Style ABS Cartoon Building Brick - 378pcs - COLORMIX - Motorcycle kit Product Review

The first time I saw the Beilexing Brick Motorcycle Kit I thought it was nothing short of stunning. I'm not even a fan of motorcycles in general but the detail of this set and how much it captured the spirit of a real world motorcycle really impressed me.

Then I saw the set cost considerably less than a similar sized kit from the Lego Technic range I just couldn't pass it up.

When the kit arrived it did not disappoint. Made from ABS plastic the bricks are fully compatible with, and are of comparable quality to, official Lego bricks. I did notice that the tires and chain links seemed a little less sturdy than their Lego equivalents but beyond that you'd be hard pressed to say the quality of the parts wasn't almost as good.

The model is 35.00 x 10.00 x 6.00 cm / 13.78 x 3.94 x 2.36 inches in size and should be no trouble for intermediate to advanced builders to construct with a clear, and easy to follow instruction manual.

A sheet of decals is included for you to stick …