Movie of the Week: The Nice Guys
Gosling, Crowe and one of the best movies of the year. It's cinema time.
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling aren’t exactly known for their funny bones, so it’s a joy to report that they’re likely to be 2016’s funniest double act in this charmingly goofy yet at times hard-edged buddy comedy from the genre’s master: Shane ‘Lethal Weapon’ Black. We’re in a Boogie Nights-ish softly stylised Seventies LA and our Oscar-botherers are a pair of private eyes both tasked with finding the same missing girl. They eventually team up, of course – at least they do after Crowe breaks Gosling’s arm – and we’re off on a Byzantinely noir-ish plot taking in evil car manufacturers, porn-as-agitprop and an assassin with his face painted blue. That said, the story’s not really the point: Crowe and Gosling are visibly having a blast, the period soundtrack and suits are on point, and it somehow manages to have a core that is at once ruthless and sweet. Pure enjoyment, this one. Times & trailer
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