Gabrielle’s review published on Letterboxd:
Dad, they got whores here and stuff!
We all know very well that Shane Black knows his way through buddy cop screenwriting, and The Nice Guys is one of his finest pieces of work.
Two very iconic characters embark in a messed up investigation to find a missing girl. That could've led to any generic comedy cop flick, but this ain't it. This is very original, very well planned and batshit hilarious, all because of nothing but its characters. They're the heart of all of it, even the most minor of them is well written enough to originate such an specific mystery.
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling make a perfect leading team, in their very charismatic characters and perfect chemistry between them, Margaret Qualley is some revelation to me, but it's Angourie Rice who steals the show. Making March's daughter a main character was such a brilliant addition to this movie, as she is not just some stupid comic relief kid, she's an actual clever character, with a big role in the plot and portrayed wonderfully by Angourie.
The plot itself develops very steadily, being intriguing enough to take us to the edge of our seats, but not complicated in any way. It all adds up in a very clever script that makes its point without being expositive at all.
The action is great, the humor is superb and terribly well balanced - as Thor's hammer, I guess. I'm very glad to add this to my personal Big Lebowski spiritual canon, that already had PTA's Inherent Vice, as this is definetely one of the most entertaining and enjoyable movies of the year.