We live in interesting times: Self-driving cars, tiny computers in our pockets that can make phone calls but no one uses them for that anymore, and presidential candidates that are either puppets or Satan himself; and yet movie theaters for the most part are the least interesting places to be. All of them are serving the same flavors of froyo by way of sequels, reboots, and super hero movies.
Most audiences heading to the cinema, if they are at all, are finding a flood of mediocrity the likes of which we haven’t seen before. Safe bets are being made in Hollywood land and they are slowly killing the very thing they think they are protecting. Without creativity there can be no forward movement, and that is why you need to go and see The Nice Guy’s.
Is this film a social commentary on the action genre and meta as hell? No, it isn’t. It’s a fun romp through the streets of LA as main characters Jackson Healy and Holland March try to track down a missing girl (because when isn’t it a missing girl?). Unlike most films that could have easily turned toward the camera and winked, Nice Guy’s never stooped that low. Its a film that is honest about what it is and that makes it utterly refreshing.
The casting is also something that should be discussed. Crowe and Gosling do an amazing job in their roles, but the supporting cast was what really made the movie for me. Matt Bomer did an amazing job as John Boy and seeing Keith David kicking ass on screen made my day. Angourie Rice, who played March’s daughter, was hilarious and was a highlight of the film.
To me the best part was that people talked like people. They weren’t mind readers nor were they robots. The conversations on screen didn’t feel forced or felt like they were simply there to move the plot along. I haven’t laughed that hard in a movie for a very long time.
I could go on about the 70’s Los Angeles setting, the humorous dialogue, and action, but that’s not the core of this film. What lies at the center of this movie is a broken world. The 70’s for all its polyester and shag carpeting, was a broken era and this movie did a solid (if not heavy handed) job displaying those broken pieces that still, depressingly so, reflect our current world today.
Philosophy aside, why should you go and see this movie?
You should see it for two reasons:
-It’s a good movie that will make you laugh and appreciate the fact you don’t have to deal with fully leaded gasoline
-It’s the closest you will get to having The Rockford Files return
Seriously, Shane Black gave a some huge nods to one of my all time favorite TV shows: The Rockford Files. The ad that March has in the yellow pages is nearly an exact layout like the one on the show. Jim kept his snub nose revolver in a cookie jar like March did in his house AND March’s rate is $200 a day, the same as Jim’s on the show. If you haven’t yet, watch The Rockford Files on Netflix, you will not regret it.
The Nice Guys warmed my heart and frankly is a movie we need more of in the theater. Go see it, because that’s the only way we get more movies like it.
Nick Mazmanian is a content creator and designer on Ironclad Words. He enjoys making things and drinking coffee, specifically the latter, for without it the former wouldn’t get done. He also wrote a book.