Set in 1970s LA, private detectives Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) stumble upon a deadly conspiracy, while investigating the case of porn star Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio), who supposedly dies in a strange car crash. Her grandma refuses to believe that Misty is dead as she claims to have spotted her after the shocking incident. In order to decode the mystery, these oddball detectives with limited set of skills, must find their only lead, a girl called Amelia (Margaret Qualley), who's on the loose.
Reminiscent of the Coen Brothers, Shane Black's The Nice Guys is a twisted concoction of genres. It's a neo-noir mystery cum buddy cop action comedy that startles you with its unpredictable crime plot laced with deadpan humour. Black turns his dashing duo into clumsy buffoons, who seem to be anything but 'nice'. These are two people, who are not meant to be together, but it's their skills - Healy's punches and March's analytical bent of mind - that draws them closer. While the leading duo (Gosling in particular), owns the film, it's the quirky writing that sets it apart. Neither the characters, nor the sequences set out to be funny; they just end up being one.
The highlight of the film lies in the pair's classic odd chemistry, snappy exchange and a no-nonsense demeanour. Despite the plot being somewhat convoluted and dragging in portions, it is Crowe and Gosling, who manage to pique your interest.
Off the two, the Canadian heartthrob steals the show. As a single dad, with a teen daughter (Rice), who is way smarter than him, Ryan Gosling is spectacular. He effortlessly sheds his sexy persona and slips into the goofball character. Be it falling off high places, being beaten up by the bad guys or instructing his daughter to drop 'the stuff' from sentences, he is hilarious. Crowe on the contrary, walks away with better one-liners but a relatively drab character. Matt Bomer makes a stunning cameo and Angourie Rice is perfect for her role.
Replete with nudity and violence, if eccentric crime dramas with a dash of dark comedy are up your street, The Nice Guys is your film.