Release Date: 31 August 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice
A Black buddy comedy.
Writer-director Shane Black’s latest action-comedy is a shambolic trip to Los Angeles, circa 1977, where Russell Crowe’s corpulent thug-for-hire and Ryan Gosling’s dimwit detective join forces to discover the whereabouts of a missing activist, whose disappearance is linked to the death of a porn star and a mysterious movie that someone is prepared to kill for.
Forget the chaotic and circuitous plot and revel in the seedy ‘70s milieu of polyester, decadent parties, and Black’s flair for cracking dialogue and slapstick violence. A buddy movie is only as good as its resident buddies, and Crowe and Gosling are a perfect mismatch.
The Nice Guys may lack the zing of Black’s 2005 gem Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but it’s still an enjoyably manic retro romp, and Gosling’s performance alone is worth the price of the disc.