Shane Black is one of my favourite writers/directors. His movies are always action packed and humorous, and are almost always about cops or private detectives, and his new film hasn’t disappointed me.
Set in 1977 Los Angeles, the film follows private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), who are forced into becoming partners after they cross paths on a case involving the dead porn star Misty Mountains, and the missing rebellious teen Amelia.
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe are a surprisingly delightful duo. Commonly in a buddy film, one of them is kind of slow and the other the brains, but in this film, it is difficult to tell which is which at times. In his other films, such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon, one of the duo is the brains and the brawn, and the other is the dumb guy who errs on the side of caution. I think that this is the first Shane Black film where the main duo are both equally dumb, smart and street smart. And yes, that does make sense.
The film is filled with great dialogue and action sequences that turn your expectations up-side down. This buddy comedy is a little unorthodox and has enough slapstick humour to keep things interesting.
The film is a nice break from all the superhero/sci-fi movies of late, and isn’t as depressing as the cop/detective shows that are all the rage on the tv at the moment.
I give it a 4 out of 5.
Watch if you enjoyed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon, The Big Lebowski