Set in the 1970s, private detective Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and hired enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) are stuck together on a case that involves the murder of a porn star and end up discovering a larger conspiracy that holds base in this murder. As the case unfolds, March and Healy figure a great chemistry between them, eventually getting to the crux of the plot.
The key element or rather the brain of the story is March's daughter who accompanies the two on this great adventure; often saving the day.
This one's a signature Shane Black film with the right amount of thrill, humor and the goof-ups falling in place for the story. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the film is Gosling and Crowe's incredible chemistry that knows the art of perfect timing! Especially Gosling aces the cute goofy guy on a mission, where he practically manages to get everything wrong.
There's a fair attempt of a bold, controversial topics being touched in the film. But on more occasions than one the film falters with its writing. Even with a crisp length of 116 minutes, the film has it's dragged moments and there is a=often chaos in the film.
But it's the film to watch for you if you know how to take humor with a pinch of salt. There's fun, there's humor and there's a lot of drama. Yet nothing manages to put the film completely together. But there's not much that you can complain when you have Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe heading the bandwagon with Shane Black's direction. The best part of this film, especially because of the thriller genre is its ability to be unpredictable to the end.
There's nudity (not obscenity), there's crime and there's uphill humor!
This crazy ride will be fun for those just as crazy!