Any fan of buddy action films with great storytelling and witty dialogue must know Shane Black’s work. The writer of classics such as “Lethal Weapon,” “The Last Boy Scout,” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” certainly knows how to team guys up and help them kick major ass while the audience laughs along the way.
Crowe and Gosling play a pair of low scale private eyes. Crowe likes to let his fists do his talking while Gosling has no qualms about milking his clients for every cent they have. Neither are particularly intelligent or professional, yet both are definitely extremely talented at what they do. When an adult film star goes missing in late 1970s Los Angeles, the two are forced to work together to get to the bottom of the case which somehow delves into deep conspiracy theories involving the government.
Angourie Rice also does an excellent job as Gosling’s smart and curious daughter, Holly March, bringing back fond memories of another memorable daughter character created by Black – Darian in “The Last Boy Scout.” Holly is just as smart mouthed as Darian, just without all of the f- bombs.
While I wouldn’t put “The Nice Guys” quite up there with Black’s past films, it’s smart, fun and original and certainly welcome in a summer full of franchise films and sequels.