Monday, June 27, 2016

The Nice Guys (2016)

The Nice Guys is a detective noir / black comedy that in a sense is the spiritual successor to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2006). Both films are written and directed by Shane Black, and of course, share many thematic elements. As a fan of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and noir movies in general, I immensely enjoyed The Nice Guys.

Movies and books in the noir genre usually start with a simple case that escalates into something a lot more complicated, and then gets resolved rather simply at the end. This transition from simple to complicated and back to simple again, makes the second viewing of the movie (or reading of the book) quite rewarding.

The Nice Guys covers this plot path to a tee. On top of that, the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe is amazing and they managed to deliver some of the funniest lines/scenes of 2016. The breakout star is Angourie Rice though. She could be the next Dakota Fanning or Chloƫ Grace Moretz.

Shane Black has delivered two nearly perfect noir comedies within the span of a decade. I hope his next movie in this genre gets made rather sooner - whether a direct sequel or spiritual one.
I would give this movie a 10/10.

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