I was really excited for this film, as I loved the cast, and the trailer looked hilarious. I have found myself split so far on my opinion of Shane Black. I haven't seen "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" yet, however I did add it to my Netflix DVD queue, and I thought that Iron Man 3 was good, but not great. His writing, however, always seems to be fun, as he wrote the "Lethal Weapon" series.
I was actually very pleased by the film. The writing had a good balance of comedy and action, making for a very enjoyable time at the movies. The mystery plot of the film is also very intelligent, as the twists are not ridiculously obvious as is the case with many other films of the genre. I have heard some criticisms involving plot holes, however the ones that I have heard are not detrimental to the story.
The acting of the film was one of the highlights. Crowe and Gosling are obviously phenomenal. Gosling's reactions in the film are priceless, and among the funniest parts of the film. The real surprise, however, is the child actress Angourie Rice, who plays Gosling's daughter. She is extremely believable in the role and delivers comedic lines very well. When discussing the movie with someone else, they brought up the idea of a spin-off focused around her with a Nancy Drew style to it, which is a great idea. Ty Simpkins, who is one of the best child actors around now, also gives a hilarious cameo performance.
The film is also beautifully shot. The cinematography is gorgeous, showcasing the landscape of 1970s Los Angeles. Production design and costuming are also great, drawing you into the world of the film.
Overall, I was really happy with "The Nice Guys". I recommend it to fans of action comedies, buddy comedies, or neo-noir detective films. I hope that this film is able to succeed at the box office, as I hope to see a follow-up.
The Nice Guys
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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