I’ve had my eye on The Nice Guys ever since seeing promotional videos that Warner Bros. sent our way. Once I learned about it and it’s zany premise, I knew it was something I had to see and would enjoy. Here we are a few months later with the Blu-ray to review, and I can say anyone who enjoys buddy cop-like films with nods to the 1970’s is in for a treat with this film
Fellow editor Chris Pandolfi reviewed the theatrical release of the movie, so I’ll just give my comments on the movie and go over the short but fun extras included on the disc. I had a good time watching this crazy yet deep plot unfold, as the chemistry between Crowe and Gosling is an unexpected but welcomed surprise. The two just hit it off right away and perfectly capture that buddy cop feel from classic 70’s shows such as Starsky and Hutch to later films like Lethal Weapon. This comes as no surprise seeing that director Shane Black wrote Lethal Weapon and that Joel Silver produced that movie and this one.
I also had a blast watching this in high definition, which brings out all the tight fitting, colorful clothes of the 70’s and other details nicely. I also have to add that it was fun seeing all sorts of vintage stuff in the backgrounds like Pong, old TV’s and 8-track players, which is always a nice touch to authenticity. There’s not much in the way of special features, as the two featured are short but sweet. The first one, “Always Bet on Black” has some of the cast and crew discussing how director Shane Black has a knack for making hit films and doing buddy cop action so well, and the other extra, “Worst. Detectives. Ever.: Making The Nice Guys” is a small behind the scenes look into how the film started as a plot for a TV series, to finally becoming a movie after pitching the script around a few times.
If you looking for a fun romp through the 70’s and love buddy cop movies, you’ll want to make an appointment with The Nice Guys. A perfect comedic chemistry between Crowe and Gosling, the zany 70’s setting, and a crazy but well made story make this a case you’ll want to see through to the end.