Flash Movie Review: The Nice Guys

Besides being humorous can you figure out what each of the following pairings have in common: Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, Penn & Teller, Lewis and Martin, Laurel and Hardy. I will set the clock at 60 seconds, now go. Tick, tock, tick tock; your time is up. The common trait between each couple is the 2 individuals that make up the pairing are distinctly dissimilar from each other. Look at Martin and Lewis, one was the goofy clown while the other was the debonair crooner; Hardy was the outgoing talkative one while Laurel was the quiet thoughtful one. It really adds credence to the saying, “opposites attract.” I just find the whole science, if you will, on the attraction of opposites fascinating. When I am waiting for a flight at an airport, one of the things I do to make the time go by is watch the couples walking by and notice the differences between them. Now granted I have to rely on their physical appearances for the most part; but sometimes if I am privy to hearing their conversations, I can get a better idea of each one’s personality. Even within my circle of friends and relatives I have always been aware of how opposites can solidify and form a strong bond. In my past relationships there has always been attributes that each of us were solely skilled in. I remember one relationship where I was the “bad guy” role whenever an issue came up that required talking to a customer service representative; you know, like a returned or malfunctioning product. It was not a problem for me and I was glad to eliminate any possible stress off my significant other. If you do not believe opposites attract then I suggest you watch this wild action comedy film to see how it can work.   PRIVATE investigator Holland March, played by Ryan Gosling (The Big Short, Gangster Squad) was given little choice but to help solve a case with the rude and brutish Jackson Healy, played by Russell Crowe (The Water Diviner, Winter’s Tale). I would not have thought the pairing of Gosling and Crowe would be such a crazy fun couple, but I have to tell you they were terrific together. Ryan was amazing handling the physical and comedic parts to his role. Set in Los Angeles during the 1970s, I got such a kick out of the soundtrack and retro look to the scenes. Also starring Angourie Rice (These Final Hours) as Holly March and Matt Bomer (Magic Mike franchise, American Horror Story-TV) as John Boy, everyone did their part in making this a good movie watching experience. For being a relative newcomer compared to the rest of the cast, Angourie was spectacular in her role. The twists and turns in the script were almost too much for me, but the strong acting carried me through all the way to the end of the movie. At the moment I cannot come up with a current comedy couple similar to the ones I mentioned earlier; but I am here to tell you I hope Crowe and Gosling are allowed to solve another case sometime in the near future.

 

3 ¼ stars  

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 25, 2016, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. This looks like a fun, entertaining movie based on the trailer and your review. I will need to check it out when I can see it on the small screen.

  2. Thanks, I was on the fence with this one, but you haven’t steered me wrong yet!

  3. I enjoyed reading that you like to observe couples [and do a bit of eavesdropping when possible!] to try to imagine how their differences play out! I wasn’t interested in seeing “The Nice Guys” but your review changes that. By the way did you ever see Danny Glover and Marin Short in “Pure Luck” years ago? a remake of a french comedy – both of which had me “in stitches.”

    • Hi Leslie, thank you for stopping by to leave your comments. If you get a chance to see this film I would enjoy hearing back from you, to let me know what you thought of it.

      I cannot recall if I saw Pure Luck but I will certainly check it out now. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. I so have to see this! It looks great! I need to make a compilation of all your 3+ starred movies to see. I am losing track of the ones I do. (I don’t mind losing track of the ones I don’t want to see as I always do search here first on a movie I don’t remember if you reviewed or not.)

    • I hope I can keep steering you to the better made films, in my opinion at least. Let me know what you think of this fun film when you get the chance to see it. Thanks for the comments.

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