Movies From the Hat V #5 – Kira’s Pick – The Nice Guys (2016)


This is my 2954th Review

Thanks to Kira of Film and TV 101  for this recommendation.

Here are her thoughts on the film.

“I think I’m invincible. It’s the only thing that makes sense. I don’t think I can die. ” – Holland

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two private investigators in the 70’s team up to try and find a missing girl who’s disappearance seems to involve the Justice Department, the porn industry and the auto industry.

My Take on it – This is a film that somehow got missed by my radar over the past year and I’m glad that it was recommended to me so that I could finally get to see it.

I had heard from numerous sources how amazing this film was and I went in with quite high expectations, but the end result was a bit underwhelming solely based on the hype.

This is a fun film with great characters that constantly keep doing things totally unexpected.

Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are both great here and the fact that their characters have no chemistry together helps make things work on various levels.

The pacing of the story is good and I really liked the way that they slowly released information to us in a way that it keeps our attention and also continues to intrigue us.

This film has lots of blatant references to L.A. Confidential (1997) and ironically, it all seems even more appropriate because of the fact that both films star Crowe and Kim Bassinger.

They get the 70’s time period so well and help make it all feel real by giving cameos to some prominent 70’s icons including Gil Gerard.

Liked the twists and turns in the story and they definitely give us a good mystery/thriller.

Bottom Line – Crowe and Gosling are fun to watch together because they are so mismatched.  The story moves along at a great pace and they let us suck in all the various information slowly yet still give us a great full picture of everything going on.  I liked the blatant references to L.A. Confidential (1997) which seems quite appropriate due to the fact that Crowe and Bassinger are in both films.  Loved seeing some 70’s icons appear here especially Gil Gerard.  Fun movie but still doesn’t live up to all the hype.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the elevator scene, the same music plays in the background as in the elevator scene in The Blues Brothers (1980) The song is The girl From Ipanema (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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