(This is The Nice Guys film review, which is a new original comedy film from Shane Black)
*this film contains nudity and only for 18+ audience
Sometimes you just want to watch some good old comedy that’s not really over the top, and yet it still could make you laugh with its subtle humour. And that’s where The Nice Guys comes in, for it looks to be what we hope to see in a comedy genre that has been getting worse lately.
It is directed by Shane Black, who did Iron Man 3 and The Predator, and starts some of the big shots like Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Keith David and Kim Basinger. Let’s now jump in below for The Nice Guys film review quickly!
When private investigator is asked by a dead porn star’s aunt to investigate her reappearance since an accident, he get tied into a further deeper web of incidents that seem to try to kill all those that tries to find out the truth. But he’s not alone as he reluctantly paired up with a an enforcer who happened to be on the same case. Could they manage to solve the case successfully?
The Nice Guys Film Review
The premise itself, though filled with pretty predictable twists, still manage to retain some originality in the way the plot plays out. Don’t get me wrong, this film’s plot is not very original, but its execution is. So I would like to state that the film shines not really in its premise, but in its way of handling humours.
But to put where the credit is due, the premise becomes sort of like a mystery genre that hooks you in, until the plot becomes fairly obvious after halfway through the film. And if you expect some great original premise here, you will be sorely disappointed.
this film’s plot is not very original, but its execution is
Pacing is pretty slow in the beginning, but it picks up the pace pretty well after the 15 min mark. Thanks to the nature of the premise, we are presented with several mysteries to solve, but more importantly, the pacing is helped greatly by the comedy itself.
The comedy portion is where this film truly shines, for it’s different from a typical Hollywood comedic film. The humour here is more subtle and less-in-your-face type, and in fact, its more suited for a certain audience who can perceive it. I have to praise the comedy for being subtle and yet funny enough that I just laughed naturally without it feeling forceful.
There’s a really serene feel to this film with the way the film depicts the situation, and it takes itself both seriously as well as relaxingly. And this is where the balance between good and bad humour is achieved.
The humour here is more subtle and less-in-your-face type
The characters themselves are the stars here. What’s more, none of them act like they are the main characters as the screentime is divided pretty well among the two leads and one major character. Ryan Gosling’s performance here just fits his style of delivering funny moments without it looking being deliberate. It’s just the way he does some action that is very natural in accordance with his character.
Russel does his part pretty well too, with him and Ryan’s character forming an unexpectedly great pair on screen. Their characters are full of contrast and yet also similarities. One is a genius but does things in a messy way, while the other is pretty good at fighting but not at solving crimes. Thus, their interaction becomes one of the central comedic factor that makes this film an unexpected gem in the comedy genre. Add to the fact that Angourie is also doing her part well as Ryan’s character’s daughter, and her scenes are equally entertaining.
The same can’t be said for the antagonists though, as they are more cliché as well as unoriginal in their presentation. Honestly, this part is pretty disappointing as most of the scenes involving them are a bit over-the-top. Perhaps this is created with the purpose of showing contrast between the good and bad guys, but I felt that it messes up the characterisation a bit, like it’s a bit inconsistent.
The soundtrack is decent, with not much memorable music but it works for their intended scenes.