Russell Crowe has gone from being one of the biggest stars of the world to someone who barely deserves top billing over Ryan Gosling in this film. Think about it: when was the last time Crowe had a huge hit? I think he was the best thing about Man of Steel, but that had a mixed reception and he had a supporting role. You have to go all the way back to 2007’s 3:10 to Yuma to find a Crowe starring vehicle that was a success (and that a modest one; if you discount that it’s back to 2005’s Cinderella Man). He needs a hit. I’m not sure if The Nice Guys is it, but it the trailers have been funny and have very much the same kind of vibe as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: the Shane Black film that begin Robert Downey Jr.’s career resurrection and one of the most underrated films of the last 25 years. I’m not sure if this is THAT. After all, the last time Shane Black crossed my radar he directed the worst film in the MCU in Iron Man 3, but I hope this delivers. The Nice Guys hits theaters on May 20, 2016.
In 1970s Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck private eye (Ryan Gosling) and his tough partner (Russell Crowe) investigate the disappearance of a girl and the death of a film star.
No, it’s not a lot to go on, but despite Shane Black directing the worst MCU movie to-date (Iron Man 3), this looks like it could be a lot of fun. Russell Crowe needs a hit BADLY, and this looks much in the vein of one of the most underrated films of the ’00’s, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which was the film that really jump-started Robert Downey Jr.’s turnaround to super-stardom. The Nice Guys hits theaters on May 20, 2016.
“Yeah, but the book was better.” How many times have you said that coming out of a movie? I say it nearly all the time because I read everything and then everyone tells me to shut up and throws something at me. There are times; however, when the movie manages to outpace its source material. I’m not talking about great books that are even better movies (The Godfather, The Princess Bride, The Shawshank Redemption, etc.). I’m talking about books that are utter crap and that somehow, someone managed to drag a good story out of the dreck. I’m going to just include Forrest Gump as an emeritus member of the list because I hate the movie (yes, I’m the one) and anyone I’ve ever talked to who has read the book, thinks it killed fine trees for no purpose. The Social Network nearly made the list, but the book by Ben Mezrich isn’t really bad; it’s just the movie is so SO much better. I’m also making this an all fiction list, but if I were doing non-fiction, at the top of the list would be A Beautiful Mind. I defy you to try to slog through that (highly inaccurate) bio of John Nash and then not go running into the arms of one of the best movies of the last decade.