'The Nice Guys' is a really good movie

This past week, I had the pleasure of finally sitting down and watching The Nice Guys. The movie, directed by Shane Black and starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, is yet another twisted action-comedy detective story from the same director as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I had high expectations for this movie and I'm happy to report that they were all met. This film is fantastic!

Simon Lund Larsen wrote a nice piece on why he thinks this movie does so well and attributes it to the amazing ability of Shane Black to upend the viewer's expectations of a scene time and time again throughout the film. He does this in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and he does it just as well in The Nice Guys.

And thatโ€™s what makes The Nice Guys and Shane Black so funny. Itโ€™s because itโ€™s not funny. But when unfunny elements are presented to you in an unexpecting order, then it becomes funny.

Simon also includes a few good examples of the directing style being used in the film (warning: SPOILERS!). Read it here. And seriously, make The Nice Guys the next movie you sit down and see.