Thedude3445’s review published on Letterboxd:
I did it folks! I made up for my past mistakes and saw The Nice Guys in theaters! It finally opened in Japan today after this absurdly long time, and even though I have seen it three times online I had to do it this time.
And it was a $15 well-spent. Seeing it up on the big screen wasn't some new revelation, and this isn't a theater must-see like Kimi no Na wa was. But it did cement to me that this is honestly one of my favorite movies of all-time.
Everything about the movie is just lovely. The actors are great, the screenplay is fantastic... Okay I will stop this list right here to talk about the screenplay. If you want to be a screenwriter, watch this fucking movie a thousand times and study it. This gives prime examples of foreshadowing, callbacks, deep characters whose backstories develop organically, and fight scene setups. I see new stuff every single time I watch, it's crazy! Yeah, and the late 70s aesthetic is superb. Earth Wind and Fire, cigarettes and porn everywhere, and nice cars. I prefer late 80s aesthetics but it just adds so much to the movie.
So I'm adding that last half-star. Hello, second five-star movie of 2017.