Film Review: The Nice Guys

Touted as being the new Lethal Weapon partnership, Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe play a downbeat private detective and a downbeat not-quite-a-private-detective partnership, set in the 1970’s.

The plot felt a bit convoluted and is set around a porn film that… well, everyone who is ├é┬áconnected with it, gets killed and ends up as a stiff (yup, had to squeeze that one in!). And toward the end, I kind of lost my way with it, as it turned into a gunfest – how come bad guys with machine guns are such bad shots? – with everyone seemingly shooting everyone else and I didn’t know who were the good guys anymore..

There were some nice humorous bits though and I thought the dynamic between Gosling and fatty Crowe (I don’t know whether he purposely piled on the pounds for this movie, or whether he’s just let himself go) worked well. Gosling’s daughter – in the film, not his real one – steals the show for me though. Played perfectly by Angourie Rice.

And watching the credits at the end – to see if that really was John-Boy Walton playing the baddie (surely not!) – I was surprised to see Gil Gerard’s name scroll past: he played Buck Rogers In The 25th Century, which I briefly mentioned in my post last week. Huh, you don’t mention an actor for 25 years and then he gets two in a week!

10 thoughts on “Film Review: The Nice Guys”

  1. I was on a plane recently and to pass the boring middle long hours of the flight I pass the time by watching the latest movies offerings. On this occasion I selected Hacksaw Ridge, a film based on a real live event. It started well and I was quite enjoying it, bit soppy, the hero comes from a strange family but it grows on you and the romance bit was pleasant enough and I even managed to see the nice side of this soft rubbish rather than clicking the off button as soon as the scene with the knowing looks and dainty snogging takes place.

    Any road up, the film moved on and the relationship developed then all of a sudden our poor downtrodden hero was in mid battle on the front line and the realism hit in big time. It was real , no punches drawn it was graphic, I have no problem with that but it was severe.

    I watched it to the end and found it rewarding even though it was disturbing but the true story line made it fascinating.

    So afterwards I sat there shell shocked thinking shall I watch another thriller/action movie or what.

    I looked through the list of films and decided to take on a soft musical knowing after half an hour I would be ready to get back to macho films, I was feeling drained.

    So I selected a film I’d heard lots of nonsense about, it had some hype but I thought hey ho it’ll pass the time nicely and I’ll be able to rip into it afterwards.

    The film was called La La Land , and I have to say it was brilliant , I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    If you get the chance watch it, I’d love to know if it was just me but it’s a real feel good film

    And there’s jazz in it.

    P.s. Got home and I bought the film for my beloved and I enjoyed it all over again.

    1. Not seen or heard of Hacksaw Ridge, Arthur, but I’ll look out for it.

      I’m really not a fan of the musical. I even struggle with West Side Story, despite loving the music itself.
      And having read Dave’s review, I shall probably not bother with La La Land, either.

    1. Nah, he doesn’t… and with his seventies moustache and dodgy flared trousers, I’m not sure you’d really be bothered.

  2. Hmmm, The Producers, Spamalot, Rocky Horror Show, Jersey Boys, Beautiful, Williy Wonka, and of course Bugsy Malone, not a fan ???

    Pointless me telling you I have tickets to opening Saturday of Young Frankenstein !!!!

    And I can’t wait.

    1. The Producers: Yes.
      Spamalot: well, obviously.
      But both of those were – first and foremost – comedies.
      Can’t say I have ever seen – or wanted to see – any of the others.

      But, Jersey Boys?
      A musical.
      About music.
      That one doesn’t count, surely!

  3. Juliette

    He gets all hot & bothered with Emma Stone in La La Land and he plays a mean piano forte’ too.

    As Lili Von Shtupp would say “What a nice guy”

    1. We could all get bothered about Emma Stone, without feeling the need to burst into song!

  4. Interesting read, thank you. This one has passed me by, but I’ll look out for it on Amazon/Netflix, because it sounds like the kind of thing I’d watch to avoid BBC/ITV.

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