A buddy cop movie with old, fat Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling with a porn ‘stache seems like it would be a recipe for disaster. Well…
The Nice Guys is set in the ’70s and follows a private investigator (Gosling) and a guy (Crowe) who beats people up for money (think Ryan Reynolds at the beginning of Deadpool) as they try to solve the disappearance of a missing girl.
Between the lead actors and the story, this movie shouldn’t work at all. But it does and then some. The chemistry between Gosling and Crowe is phenomenal and their back and forth was the best aspect of the movie. There are many funny moments throughout, even during the “down” times. The action scenes are well done and not overly cheesy, which I worried about from the trailer. The story is fresh and interesting, even if it does feel like it starts to try and do a bit too much. Every time the movie started to fade and lose me a little, a funny moment or an action scene brought me right back into it.
My biggest problem with the movie is the beginning. The first 20 minutes or so are confusing and don’t do a great job setting up the story. It felt choppy and I was having a hard time following what was going on. Besides that, I felt like Gosling’s character’s daughter had a little too much to do in the story. Not that the actress didn’t do a good job, she was actually great. I just felt like she was a little too involved. Also, while most of the humor hit, there was some points where it felt like they were trying a little too hard and missed the mark.
Overall, the movie is a lot of fun and, for the most part, extremely entertaining to watch. There’s a ton of good humor and some solid action scenes. Crowe and Gosling work well together and I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel to this with them back together. It isn’t necessarily something you have to rush to the theater to see, but it is definitely worth a watch. I’ll give The Nice Guys a 3.75/5.
It’s been out a few weeks now so I’m sure a lot of you have seen this movie already. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Check out my Top 10 Russell Crowe Movies list.