Taking us back to a time of disco, sex and scandal, ‘The Nice Guys’ is a refreshing twist on a genre time forgot.
It’s been a while since a high quality comedy action flick graced our screens and for some time it’s seemed like the classic buddy cop genre was dead. But Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi’s ‘The Nice Guys,’ teaches us a thing or two about how to get this timeless formula back into the game.
“The Nice Guys” finds it’s setting in 1970s Los Angeles, when down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe) join forces to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their at times slap stick investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.
With the surreal 70’s funk backdrop, dark comedy and what can only be described as pure ‘bottled bromance’ between Crowe and Gosling it’s a laugh a minute ride with the two actors at the top of their game as the Riggs and Murtaugh of their generation.
The cast bounce off each other like a beaming power house and credit here goes to the young Angourie Rice giving a powerful and at times moving performance for such a young actress in a comedy back drop alongside Matt Boomer as the sadistic 80s style villain- ‘John Boy’
It’s a trippy ride but a script with a good plot and gripping story line rather than a fun feature just played for laughs. With a sprinkle of surrealism, perfectly timed one liners, Gosling’s high pitch squeal to rival any pre-pubescent choir boy and a large portion of psychedelic flair this could quite possibly be the funniest film you see all year!
But don’t take my word for it- ‘The Nice Guys’ hits UK cinemas Friday 3rd June
In the meantime check out this hilarious clips, straight from the show reel.
‘Porn Is Bad’
‘Questioning The Mermaids’