Screened Out – The Nice Guys

By : Stephen Miller
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Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Angourie Rice, Keith David

Though it’s a bit of a mess, the Disco-decade murder mystery The Nice Guys has one groovy thing going for it; it’s crazy entertaining!

Sure, it’s got problems. They start with film-noir narration never used twice – an odd throwback to the 1940s in this 1970s flick. Small, intriguing scenes are simply tacked on, not integrated at all. The plot is fairly convoluted. Director/co-writer Shane Black doesn’t stick with the groovy ‘77 film style anyway, wandering away, especially in the dialogue and camera work, even into the ‘80s. Some of the violence is a little explicit. Finally, Gosling’s character is way more interesting (and fun) than Crowe’s.

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