The only reason that I am writing this review is because I needed to set a standard for my lowest rating. In general I do not plan to write too many reviews that bash films without any constructive criticism. A tremendous amount of time and work goes into movies and sometimes they just do not work out. This film is an example of, possibly, the poorest execution of a film in recent history.
I was a little nervous going into this film, as I grew up on the cartoon. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they stayed true to the original cartoon with only a few changes. Favreau was able to capture the essence of the film as an escape from the hustle and bustle of society and to remember to take time for yourself and enjoy life.
Shane Black’s, The Nice Guys, is one of the best, if not The best, comedy of 2016. The death of a porn star in the late 70’s sparks an investigation in late 70’s Los Angeles. The story follows Jackson Healy, Crowe, the muscle for hire and Holland March, Gosling, a private eye as they solve the mystery.
I am a big fan of mysteries and thrillers. Throw in a little mental illness and psychological drama and I’m hooked. The aspect of this film that I liked the most was the slow development of Rachel’s story, played by Emily Blunt. The speed of this film has been one of the most disliked aspects, but without it there would be no story. The disjointed nature of the film keeps the viewer guessing, although I will admit it grasps unnecessarily at plot points. The arc of the film and the mystery itself is not especially earth shattering or novel. It is Rachel’s story outside of the murder mystery that I find most engaging.
I am not 100% sure what I was expecting when I went in to this one. I had a good idea from the trailer that it was going to be full of cheap, gimmicky laughs and overdone, bland action sequences. That turned out to be wishful thinking. I wanted to enjoy it as the concept of a villain cast is much more appealing, or at least refreshing, than just another good guy action flick with little to no turmoil or struggle. Unfortunately, DC relied too much on the antihero theme, explosions, and corn ball lines instead of character development. I suppose I should have set my standards to generic blockbuster action flick, but I was hoping to get a little more out of it. The biggest impact this film had was introducing people to Harley Quinn in a cinematic way and setting the stage for the most popular Halloween costume.