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The Nice Guys is directed by Shane Black, and it stars Russel Crowe and Ryan Gosling. It tells the story of two men. Holland March, Gosling, is a Private Investigator; and Jackson Healy, Crowe, is a man who makes a living beating people up. All sorts of hijinks ensue when the two have to come together and solve the case of a missing person.
If you've read my Top 10 Anticipated Films of 2016, then you know that this film was Number Eight on that list. So does it deserve that spot? Here's what I thought.
Every year there are several films to come out that are extremely well received critically and by the audience. Yet, with all this praise, nobody goes out to see them. I feel as if The Nice Guys may fall victim to that. My friend and I both loved this film, however, we were the only two people in the theater.
The best part of the film, by far, are the two leads, Ryan Gosling, and Russel Crowe. They both were fantastic in their own ways. Gosling brought such life to his character, and you could never quite tell what he was thinking. His charisma kept the focus of the audience, and you couldn't wait to hear what he would say next. Crowe was just as captivating for different reasons. His character brought a real intensity to the film. Every scene he was in you felt this feeling of awe. He was the nicest guy (No pun intended), yet whenever anyone got on his bad side, he wouldn't pull any punches.
The real star of this film, however, is director Shane Black. Black was able to take so many moving pieces and place them together so well. Each element in this film was good by itself, but when they were all put together, that's when the film really started to shine. Immediately when the film starts you get an idea of how much fun it is going to be. The Nice Guys jumps right in and doesn't stop until the credits roll. The film instantaneously sets its tone that doesn't waver throughout the entirety of the runtime, and it works so well.
Speaking of runtime, when leaving this film I was expecting to have spent a good two-and-a-half hours in that theater. It felt like a really long movie. Then, imagine my surprise when it hadn't even been two hours. The Nice Guys was completely entertaining, the whole way through, but it felt way longer than it actually turned out to be.
The action sequences in this movie also stood out as extremely positive. They were so entertaining, and there was so much going on, yet you could still understand them. It wasn't like the Transformers films where it's just a hodgepodge of violence. Every punch thrown in this film has a meaning, and that makes for some truly fun scenes. There were moments where the action was a bit much, so if you're not a fan of the extreme violence, this movie might not be for you.
I would also like to point out the music in the film. The soundtrack to this movie is almost as fun as the actual film itself. There was even one time where my friend and I (keep in mind we were the only people there) starting singing a song out loud. The music helps to build the fun atmosphere, and it did its job in spades.
The Nice Guys is an incredibly fun film. The humor hit so well, and the action scenes were some of the best of the year. It does feel a lot longer than it actually is, and the violence can be a bit much at times, but, I would recommend the film nonetheless. The Nice Guys is one of my favorite films of the year so far.
If you're considering seeing The Nice Guys, please, watch the Red Band trailer first. It gives you a much better feel for the type of film this is. If you go in expecting what you see in the TV spots, you're in for a surprise.
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