The Nice Guys is the latest movie from Shane Black, of late from Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.  More notably for me, he also wrote the first two Lethal Weapon movies, which I consider the quintessential buddy cop movies.  I’m in the minority that was underwhelmed by Kiss Kiss; I thought it was cute but nothing special.  The Nice Guys was pleasantly surprising, but still no classic.

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling made for a really good buddy “cop” (they’re PIs) team.  Crowe is his usual gruff bad ass, but Gosling played delightfully against type as a bit of a goof and a inept loser.  I really enjoyed their pairing, though obviously they’re no Riggs and Murtaugh.  I also liked the addition of Gosling’s teenage daughter on the case.

The actual story, like most cop movies, isn’t terribly engrossing, but it had a lot of fun twists and some interesting and colorful (if one dimensional) villains.  There’s some good action scenes and a great sense of humor is prevalent throughout.  The 1970s setting makes for a visually different look, but it’s subtle enough that it doesn’t make the movie look dated or silly.

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys
7

Story/Writing

7.0/10

Characters

7.0/10

Pacing

7.0/10

Emotional Connection

7.0/10

Wildcard

7.0/10

Pros

  • Sense of humor
  • Interesting characters
  • Funny action scenes

Cons

  • More amusing than amazing
  • Colorful but undeveloped villains