Thursday, April 5, 2018

What's Next On My List? The Nice Guys

My sister suggested this movie for a night of family fun and I laughed hysterically on and on, at a simple but super clever story of two unlikely partners.

They are, in reality, terrible. Holland March is a private investigator who cons old ladies in order to take care of his daughter, and he meets Jackson Healy while investigating the case of a dead pornstar. The two realize that there is a much larger conspiracy at hand and they do their best to reveal who was behind the killing of a handful of innocent people.
"- Dad, there's like whores here and stuff.
- Sweetheart, how many times have I told you? Don't say 'and stuff'. 
Just say 'dad, there are whores here'."

I loved the 1970s setting, the buddy-cop feel, but in the end mystery detective story that was filled with jokes left and right. This was a wonderful movie for the exception of one little thing that I and my sister deemed completely unnecessary. [Spoiler] In the story the girl, Amelia, they were chasing in order the uncover what really happened ends up being killed by the gun for hire the guys were fighting. Her death contributed to nothing, if not made me sad. This girl escaped everything and then fell dead when she finally reached the good guys. Her mother turns out to be the main villain, and she claims that she wanted her safe. To be honest, catching her and claiming she is insane would have helped me believe that the mother did care on some level. Killing her only enforced the image that she would do anything for the pay-off that the companies her daughter was fighting were giving her. Jackson and March would've still tried to uncover the truth even if she was just locked away in a mental hospital (being deemed incapable by her mother). The writing could have gone a different way, is all I'm saying.
That having been said, there was nothing else I could complain about. March's daughter Holly was very funny, not to mention that her interaction with Jackson was kind of moving. Jackson's job is to make sure that everyone gets a good night sleep and people who abuse little girls in particular pay for their ways. He is a kind of hero, arguably for money, but a hero nonetheless in the end because he resorts to doing the right thing even when he is not paid. March seems desperate and he cannot get over the pain of having lost his wife, the fact that Jackson cares for Holly as much as he does makes him respect him. As they uncover the truth they learn a lot about each other and decide to partner up in the end. Although I personally would not have thought about casting these two together, I'm glad someone did because it was magnificent!

"- Jesus Christ! One at a time!
- You took the Lord's name in vain.
- No I didn't, Janet. I found it very useful actually. Ok, Janet?"

Watch it? Please do, you will not be disappointed. Ryan Gosling is simply hilarious, and even if at first you can't really see why you would care for either of these two, you cannot help but love them. I believe that this will be my favorite Russell Crowe movie of all time!

Until the next item on my list!
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Jackson Healy - Russell Crowe
Holland March - Ryan Gosling
Holly March - Angourie Rice
John Boy - Matt Bomer
Amelia Kuttner - Margaret Qualley
Tally - Yaya DaCosta

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