The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys ★★★½

Shane Black's best work to date. Feels like a more plausible refinement of The Last Boy Scout via Pynchon (especially something along the likes of Vineland, but anything goes).

Ryan Gosling has been rather sterling of late. Since The Big Short his project choices and effective performances have finally delivered on his early promise, putting the Refn years behind him. This might also end up being Russell's best film of the 2010s, given Les Miserables and Noah are the only other ones of any real note, with The Next Three Days arguably best of the rest. More old timer roles for Crowe please.

The only improvement I'd make is binning the opening narration, which I felt was an unnecessary concession to a wider audience, and would have been better incorporated into the script.

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