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Review of "The Nice Guys (DVD)"

published 29/01/2017 | IzzyS
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Pro Madcap, witty, comedy, cast, Holly March,
Cons A little cheesy/tacky perhaps?
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"Witty, Amusing Look At A 70s Based PI Story"

- Story -

Set in the 1970s, this film tells the tale of two friends who work as private investigators (aka PIs) in Los Angeles, who find themselves attempting to track down a missing girl while also investigating the death of a porn star, known locally as Misty Mountains.

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This is a crime action comedy, with some mystery elements and themes including good cop/bad cop (in as much as the film has a buddy cop type feel to it, although strictly speaking they are P.Is rather than cops), corruption, childhood/adolescent maturity and conspiracy.

The comedy is quite funny - it is relatively sharp and witty and I liked how the female characters, both younger and older ones, were quite prepared to defend themselves against sexist remarks and the like. This film, while regarded as an action crime film, which I guess it is really, features comparitively relatively little in the way of fast paced, special effects laden scenes and is more dialogue heavy but the script isn't half bad and there are a few scenes whereby things suddenly change and the pace heightens, if but for a while. It is slower in the first half of the film rather than the 2nd half but I enjoyed both parts of the film really.

I think it'd be fair to say that this is relatively mad cap in terms of the plot and some of the situations that characters find themselves in. It very much looks the part of a film set in the 70s, with the film titles appearing in a bright 'funky' font that I could well imagine being popular in that decade - then there is the interior decor, some of which is undeniably 70s (think bright, colourful, patterned wallpapers and the like). In general the film is somewhat slick and stylish and it works well mainly due to the cast, with the two main characters doing a good job of bouncing witticisms off each other.

So, as far as the cast are concerned, the two main roles are played by Russell Crowe (as Jackson Healy) and Ryan Gosling (as Holland March). As I say, I felt that they both gave pretty solid performances, seeming to be relatively believable in their roles as rough and tumble private investigators, with a slight gumshoe/detective feel about them, although they look visually less (negligibly anyway) identifiable as ones. Having said that I thought Russell Crowe gave the better performance - he has a rough timbre and looked/seemed perhaps more the part of a rebellious detective type. The other main character is Holly March, played by Angourie Rice. Holly is Jacksons teenage daughter - I liked the fact that the two of them were in a battle of wits of sorts. She is both quite clever and headstrong. Other cast members present include Yaya DaCosta as Tally, Lois Smith as Mrs. Glenn and Kim Basinger as Judith Kuttner.

The music featured is pretty typical of detective, crime/(film) noir type films, although there wasn't a large number of tracks played, going from what I remember. Tracks featured include September by Earth, Wind and Fire, Boogie Nights also by Earth, Wind and Fire and Jive Talkin' by The Bee Gees.

Content wise, this film features strong language, sex references (as is fairly inevitable given the plot) and partial nudity but no explicit pornography footage is shown, there is some moderate violence present, with bloody injuries being clearly shown and also characters are shown taking drugs. Due to this content, the film has been given a 15 rating.

As far as the camerawork is concerned, its relatively smooth and slick, which goes with the rest of the film. I don't think there are any scenes which especially jumped out at me as being worth a mention for the camerawork alone but I appreciated that it wasn't especially shaky, like in other films.

- Would I Recommend It? -

Overall I found this to be an entertaining, witty film with a good cast and good characterisations, so yes, I would recommend it. I liked how the two main characters got on together and I liked how mad cap the plot was - its hardly an entirely new film, as far as the plot goes but for what it is, its a decent watch, so I'd recommend it on that basis.

- Availability -

If your interested in seeing this, you can buy it on DVD for £4.99 at Amazon UK, at time of publishing this review.

- Final Note / Thank You -

Thank you for reading my review, I hope you found it useful and thanks, as ever, for any and all rates and comments.

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  • DodoRabbit published 20/04/2017
    I loved this one, nice review :)
  • eve6kicksass published 11/03/2017
    I finally got to watch it and I thought it was an awesome throwback to crime thrillers of the 1970s, and man were these guys funny! Great review! :)
  • rolandrat123 published 03/02/2017
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Genre: Mystery

Actor(s): Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer

DVD Region: DVD

Classification: 15 years and over

Director(s): Shane Black

EAN: 5051429103099

Video Category: Feature Film


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