(K. Brent Tomer),
“THE NICE GUYS” is that rare thing: a Hollywood comedy thriller, featuring two A-list stars, which isn’t adapted from a superhero comic, a book, a video game, a television series or a dormant film franchise. It’s difficult to remember the last Friday-night popcorn movie which compares to it, but, whatever it was, it was probably written by Shane Black.
Like everyone else in Hollywood, Mr Black has had a turn at making a superhero blockbuster—2013’s “Iron Man 3”—but he is best known for 1987’s “Lethal Weapon”, which he wrote, and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, which he wrote and directed. In short, he specialises in arch buddy movies in which two mismatched detectives drive around Los Angeles, uncovering sleazy criminal conspiracies, and interrupting their gun battles to trade screwball dialogue. The mismatched detectives in his new film, “The Nice Guys”, have two attributes in common, incompetence and self-loathing. One of them is Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), a jaded divorcee who breaks people’s noses for a living, even though he is now old enough to have a paunch and reading glasses. The other is…Continue reading