Movie of the Week: The Nice Guys

I really had to think about whether or not I wanted to see this movie, but since I didn’t really have any plans this weekend, I ultimately elected to commit to see The Nice Guys, the new film from Shane Black, who directed Iron Man 3. The Nice Guys stars Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as a pair of private detectives who reluctantly pair up to crack a case involving a fading porn star and mobster operations in 1970s Los Angeles.

What am I expecting to see?: Honestly, I’m not even sure I’m going to like The Nice Guys considering my thoughts on Iron Man 3. Still, I shouldn’t judge a director just by one of his films alone, I haven’t seen any of Shane Black’s prior works so, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe because this film takes place in the 70s and I have a great appreciation for 70s culture for some reason is what is drawing me to this film and I respect buddy-cop comedies and The Nice Guys seems to fall in line with the buddy-cop genre with a dash of graphic subject matter thrown in. Crowe and Gosling look decent in this and the supporting cast including Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Ty Simpkins, Margaret Qualley and Hannibal Burress are respectably talented in their own rights. The Nice Guys could be boom or bust but it gets me out of my comfort zone.

 

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