From the moment this film starts you are instantly transported back to 1970’s hollywood and all the sex drugs and private detectives that go with it. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star in this great detective film that sees them investigate 1970’s style in a film that we like to call ‘The Nice Guys’
A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.
Russell Crowe plays Jackson Healy, a tough enforcer who puts a stop to shady people for money but ultimately just wants to do a bit of good. Ryan Gosling plays Holland March, a private detective who is a bit shady himself when it comes to taking peoples money for cases but he does have his moments.
These two fine upstanding gentlemen are brought together through their involvement with Amelia Kuttner played by Margaret Qualley. She is an interesting character to say the least and what starts out as a simple investigation soon turns into so much more.
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling work so well together in this film that you really buy into the friendship that develops between them. Holland March has a daughter called Holly who is played by Angourie Rice, a confident and determined young woman that has learnt a lot from her dad about being a detective.
One of the things that I loved most about this film was the way it looked and the way it sounded. Everything from the opening titles to the closing credits screams 1970’s but it’s all done in a pretty nice way, there are a lot of nice moments, references and great costume choices which are all helped along by the great chemistry between Crowe and Gosling.
The Nice Guys is first and foremost a detective film with a bit of action and humour thrown in for good measure. Their is a great supporting cast as well and the story is pretty nice as well, even if there are some predictable elements to it.
If you want to check out something a little bit different or if you like these two actors or this type of story then you should definitely pop along to your local cinema to check this out while you still can.