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The Nice Guys (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 116 minutes.
Not for children.
Black is back with another Private Eye flick and this is a good one.
Starring A-listers Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as two cut rate Sam
Spades (Crowe, as Jackson Healy is just a strong arm guy; Gosling as
Holland March actually has a license), this overcomes a byzantine plot
that never really does make any sense by a witty script, fine acting and
It contains a
sparkling performance by 14-15 year old, one inch under five feet
Angourie Rice as Gosling’s daughter, Holly March. She more than holds
her own with Crowe and Gosling and has a budding beauty that marks her
as another Natalie Wood. But, forget her attractiveness, this young lady
can act! Another good performance is laid in by Matt Bomer as John Boy,
a hired killer.
I never really did
get the point of the whole thing, something about Detroit and catalytic
converters in the ‘70s and a McGuffin that’s a porn film everyone is
after that has
something to do with all that.
I can’t go without
mentioning the poor porn actress, Misty Mountains (Murielle Telio), who
doesn’t have much of a part, but her name is apt.
threatens the enjoyment of the entire film with a short political sermon
in the last scene. It’s too bad these Hollywood guys can’t forget
politics and just make movies to entertain. But those days when Samuel
Goldwyn said, “If you want to send a message, use Western Union,” have
gone the way of telegrams (Western Union closed its telegram service in
2006), so now it seems as if every movie that comes out has some ditzy
political point that the filmmakers want to force down the viewers’