THE NICE GUYS

Augustman - - Prelude -

Ev­ery­body loves a good mys­tery. Throw in a pair of in­ves­ti­ga­tors with con­flict­ing per­son­al­i­ties, an evil mas­ter­mind, and some fiery ex­plo­sions, and you get what has come to be known as a buddy cop movie. Over the years we’ve be­come ac­quainted with the genre through clas­sics like Lethal Weapon, Tango and Cash, and 48 Hours. This month Shane Black (who directed Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) brings us The Nice Guys. It’s a buddy cop com­edy that finds an un­likely pair­ing in Hol­land March, a down-on-his-luck pri­vate eye played by Ryan Gosling, and Jack­son Healy, a brutish hired en­forcer played by Rus­sell Crowe. The film, which takes place in the 1970s, sees these two bum­bling char­ac­ters at­tempt to solve the case of a miss­ing girl named Amelia, played by Margaret Qual­ley. As fate would have it, they uncover a dis­turb­ing con­spir­acy that in­volve some of the most pow­er­ful peo­ple in Los An­ge­les. Re­cent buddy cop movies like Let’s Be Cops and Ride Along have been whim­si­cal at best, but there’s some­thing about the chem­istry be­tween Gosling and Crowe that makes this one more promis­ing. Let’s hope they prove us right.

Opens 19 May in cine­mas is­land­wide

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