Wednesday, June 01, 2016
In some ways Shane Black was the prototype of Quentin Tarantino – creating screwball action flicks that are drenched in “cool.” But he’s less self-conscious than Tarantino and none of his movies have intermissions. (What was Quentin thinking with HATEFUL EIGHTS?)
Even though Black’s movies aren’t perfect, they’re always wildly entertaining and brimming with great ideas. THE NICE GUYS is no exception.
As long as you don’t try to really follow the plot or spend too much time trying to determine if any part of Kim Bassinger’s new face is from the original design, you should have fun with this film.
(Side note: A quick nod to his co-writer, Anthony Bagarozzi. Black gets all the credit, but for all I know the really good stuff in this screenplay was Bagarozzi’s.)
(Side note 2: Black likes to cast former heartthrobs who are now giant an sloths. Crowe in THE NICE GUYS and Val Kilmer in KISS KISS BANG BANG. The craft services budget must’ve been as high as the special effects.)
There are some nice Los Angeles 1977 period touches – gas lines, smog alerts, and people watching this thing we had back then called television.
THE NICE GUYS is good light summer fare with violence and leisure suits. Shane Black is the closest thing we have to William Goldman these days. Gosling and Crowe are sort of like Redford and Newman if Redford were fat.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM