Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Nice Guys

Most wide theatrical release films can be easily defined and fit neatly into a category.  They're generally either comic book movies, animated films, science fiction, or crude comedies.  Generally speaking, if it doesn't easily fit into one of those categories, it gets a limited release in select theaters or banished directly to VOD (even if it features big celebrities.)  The Nice Guys definitely fits into the latter category.  It's not easy to define.  It's a weird mix of silly comedy, dark comedy, action, violence, noir, and mystery.  And that seems to be a recurring characteristic of the films by writer/director Shane Black.  He doesn't like to get boxed into one genre.  To some this will be a fresh of breath air.  To others it could be seen as a hot mess.  I expect a wide range of reviews for this one.  And personally, I'm not really even sure what I think.  It certainly was a breath of fresh air, nestled between Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse.  I like that it feels original and unpredictable.  But, I'd be lying if I said I could explain the convoluted plot.  Perhaps I'm slow.  Or perhaps it's just too convoluted, or perhaps incomprehensible.  I'm not quite sure.  But it was fairly enjoyable and nice to look at while I tried valiantly to follow it.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  If you're tired of comic book movies, animated films, science fiction, and crude comedies, then give it a go.  It's no L.A. Confidential, and not as good as a Coen Brothers flick, but it's probably better than Inherent Vice.

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