Black certainly wasn't wrong when he described this film as "a caper. A little fast, a little funny and a little rough in places, kind of coarse..." as it is clearly all that and more. And it also feels like the Iron Man 3 (2013) director is back in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) territory, but with a harder edge.
Produced by Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes), The Nice Guys is set in 1977, and sees Ryan Gosling (Drive) as down on his luck private eye Holland March, who crosses paths with hired muscle Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe). These unlikely allies must prowl the mean streets of Los Angeles to solve the case of a missing girl, which soon develops links to the death of a porn star. As they unravel the cases, they discover a massive conspiracy reaching the highest levels of power. As the duo digs into the case, they discover that turning over these Los Angeles rocks is not particularly conducive to good health...
Hard boiled (and knowingly silly) dialogue crackles through this one, which gives the impression that everyone involved had great time making it. Here's hoping that translates to the final film.
With Matt Bomer (In Time), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) and Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World) also part of the cast, The Nice Guys will be staking out UK cinemas from 3 June next year.