In this hilarious new action-comedy from genre master Shane Black, Ryan Gosling plays a Private Investigator who teams up with a low level Muscle-For-Hire, Russle Crowe, to uncover a complicated conspiracy in late 1970’s Los Angeles.
We Said: “The sheer chaos of it all is exactly what makes The Nice Guys such a fun ride, one with obvious sequel potential if Black, Gosling, and Crowe are willing. Let's hope they are.” Rating: 4 out of 5
The Good: This movie has accomplished the seemingly impossible; it may now be my favorite film of Writer/Director Shane Black. The unlikely buddy comedy duo of Russle Crowe and Ryan Gosling is absolutely brilliant. The two men turn in their best performances in years. Additionally Angourie Rice, who plays Gosling’s daughter, is incredible, rising well above typical child acting and holding her own against these two well established movie stars. Both the dialogue and the plot are absolutely hilarious. I think I laughed harder during The Nice Guys than I did at any other movie this year. The action is exciting and well-paced; and that’s all just the tip of the iceberg. The Nice Guys is way up on my list of the best films of the year so far.
The Bad: While the plot is mostly hilarious and genuinely thrilling, it is very complex. Often the mystery the two detectives are trying to solve becomes so intricate and detailed it gets a little hard to follow. As one would expect from Shane Black, it is also a rather violent film, which is sometimes a bit much, and doesn’t always blend into the rest of the film’s tone.
Overall: Even though it doesn’t always land, its hits way outnumber its misses, with the laughs coming hard and fast and the action staying exciting and clever. The Nice Guys is not to be missed.
Special Features: “Always Bet on Black”, “Worst. Detectives. Ever. Making The Nice Guys”
A prequel/spin-off of 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the film tells the rambling story of the sister of Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen, an equally evil snow queen played by Emily Blunt, who recruits The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to fight in her evil ice army. The Huntsman, however, rebels against her, breaking her rule to never fall in love, adding yet another opposing side to the battle.
We Said: “Maybe it was Kristen Stewart or previous director Rupert Sanders holding things back, because The Huntsman: Winter's War is vastly more enjoyable [than its predecessor.]” Rating: 3 out of 5
The Good: Well… I guess Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron were the best parts of the first one (by default) so it’s at least better than it could be that The Huntsman focuses on them instead of Kristen Stewart’s Snow White. Much like the first one, the visuals are pretty interesting, and some of the action scenes are well staged. While bland, it is ultimately inoffensive and forgettable. Not especially good or bad.
The Bad: An unnecessary sequel to an unnecessary reboot, The Huntsman: Winter’s War is very hard to follow, and ultimately unexciting. As a sequel/prequel it’s incredibly confusing, and does very little to further any kind overall franchise story. The film makes several attempts at covering for Kristen Stewart’s absence, all of which are actually incredibly distracting and add to the confusion. Additionally, I have no idea what Emily Blunt was going for. It’s all kind of a mess.
Overall: Though definitely not for me, The Huntsman does improve on the original gritty Snow White movie, but that really doesn’t mean very much.
Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, “The Making Of The Huntsman: Winter's War”, Feature Commentary with Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Picking up where Army of Darkness left off (kind of), Bruce Campbell finally returns to his iconic role of bumbling demon killer Ash Williams, back again to hunt the undead army he accidentally resurrected in this horror comedy from original Evil Dead mastermind Sam Raimi.