Nice Guys, The

Featured In Issue 210, October 2016

WSR Score3.5
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The Nice Guys is set in 1970’s Los Angeles and follows down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March (Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Crowe). The two must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes Worst. Detectives. Ever. Making The Nice Guys (HD 06:16) and Always Bet On Black (HD 05:27), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally using both the Alexa and Red camera system. The color palette is vivid, yet perfectly natural, with rich and warm hues that at times pop. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation, such as night scenes. Lighting contrasts are wonderfully framed and engaging visually. The extended party scene displays impressive cinematography at the porn producer’s palatial hilltop home. Strong primaries provide popping contrasts. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail revealed throughout. Closeups of facial features, hair, clothing and object texture is superb. Clothing details are finely rendered. The detail throughout enhances the realism of the locations and production design. This is a well-executed visual production with terrific cinematography by French cinematographer Philippe Rousselot, resulting in a reference-quality visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely dynamic, while delvering fine atmospheric and Foley nuances. Sound effects provide the sonic punches, which define gunplay, car chases, and body-to-body combat. While focused on dialogue, the action sequences nicely excite the surrounds, for an aggressive holosonic® presence. Dialogue is intelligible with generally decent spatial integration. The music score is '70s tinged with the Bee Gees, The Temptations, Cool And The Gang, Earth Wind & Fire, and Al Green, as well as original punchy compositions that transition scenes. At times, dynamics are strong with deep, energized bass in the .1 LFE channel. This results in punchy interludes between the quieter dialogue passages. This is an effective soundtrack that perfectly complements the comic action and unfolding story. (Gary Reber)