Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) is a hired enforcer who hurts people for a living. Fate turns them into unlikely partners after a young woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) mysteriously disappears. Healy and March soon learn the hard way that some dangerous people are also looking for Amelia. Their investigation takes them to dark places as anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead.
Wow, okay did not see this one coming. Shane Black, the man behind Lethal Weapon returns to direct his original screenplay the nice guys. I was interested in this not because of Black’s direction in Iron Man 3, but because of what he did in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which is honestly one of my favorite buddy cop movies. He shows in the Nice Guys that the buddy cop genre is his forte. The screenplay is the best part of this movie-expertly written.
This drama stars Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe. Wow did they have some great chemistry! Honestly thought Gosling was better in his respective role, but Crowe was great as well. Gosling’s daughter in the movie is good as well. Probably will be seeing quite a bit of her in the future.
What I really couldn’t seem to get over was how funny this movie was. I haven’t laughed this hard in a theater in a long time. The humor was just right in this movie, nothing over the top. One of those movies where you don’t even feel like they’re trying to make you laugh it just happens. I was absolutely dying at a few parts, definitely more than you would’ve laughed at Neighbors 2.
Overall this is my favorite movie so far this year. Shane Black has done it again and I can’t wait to give this a second watch.
Grade: 10/10 A+