The Movie: 8/10
“I am not looking forward to this one.” My words only moments before watching The Nice Guys. Did I mention I am rarely ever wrong about movies, or anything else for that matter? This means that when it does happen it should be noted. I was wrong. Noted.
The Nice Guys, where do I begin? The cast is the first thing. Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Angora Rice are all absolutely the reason this movie works from the very first moment to the last. They all meet the challenge of bringing the story to life in a way that matches the oddness of it all. When it can be slightly off plan, their commitment to their characters grounds it in a kind of reality that works. When a 13-year-old daughter of a shady private investigator is around grown up stuff like drinking, porn, violence, murder, murderers, the father isn’t exactly the best role model to protect her…but she doesn’t need much protecting:) She’s tough and smart and makes the movie so much better than it would be without her.
We are along for the ride of their case to find a young woman amidst what seems like a conspiracy going on, a big plan with government and society and Hollywood all mixed together. We get to go to a 70’s Hollywood party which is insanely entertaining, and meet several strange folks. The foundation of the story is about being a better person than you were before now. It’s a take on the old “anti-hero” theme. Our “heroes” are flawed, make terrible choices, and are not always nice guys, but at heart they are decent human beings….mostly, or at least through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl:)
Between the massive fight scenes that include one guy getting shot in the leg through the side of a hot tub, and the cool 70’s sets, not to mention the performances, oh wait I did mention that already:) It’s a fun, good-hearted flick that I would be glad to watch again, and soon. I laughed a lot, cried a tiny bit, and laughed some more. Laughing is good.
- Always Bet On Black (5 Minutes) – A look at the director of the movie, including interviews with the cast.
- Worst Detectives Ever: Making The Nice Guys (6 Minutes) – The Nice Guys was almost a TV show, here we learn about this project that took 10 years to get to the silver screen.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 8/10
I do like the cover. It’s to the point and it would make a good poster in my house.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Shot digitally on Alexa and Red camera’s, The Nice Guys looks outstanding in its 1080P transfer here on Blu-Ray. Warner have bucked the trend of being stingy with the bit-rate and mastered this film at 27mbps. This gives the film a nice look and detail is especially fine. I saw no aliasing, banding or mosaic patterns during the film’s run-time.
The lossless DTS-HD MA track is smooth and dialog driven as expected. There are action moments in the movie and the surround and LFE channels come alive during them. The movie is full of 70’s music and the surround mix makes those tracks sound better than you have ever heard them. The Nice Guys is highly recommended technically and artistically.
Overall Score 8/10