After a long day at work I wasn’t sure I was going to be ready to watch this movie. Seeing the preview a million times made me wonder if this one was going to ask too much of me. Also, I thought the release date got pushed, which is usually a bad sign.
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are two private detectives for hire in 1977 Los Angeles. The movie starts off with a murder and then someone hires someone to do something and then wait a minute what’s going on. You know?
This flick was sort of a almost neo-noir, although it wasn’t as dark because of the flair of the 1970s.
It started off I didn’t laugh as much as other people so I was a bit worried when this was getting off the ground. As the film progressed and their relationship grew and their situations heightened it really sucked me in and I had quite a few laughs.
It was fun to see some of the LA scenery in the 70’s. (Some of the names on the Comedy Store marquis made me lol.)
Early on watching the movie I thought it myself that this was going to be one of those movies that gets better upon second viewing over a few cocktails, halfway through the movie kept getting better.
Right now this movie is getting 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, which seems a little high to me. This one is going to be over hyped. I really liked this movie and this was a pretty solid movie, but I don’t think it should be rated as high as all that. If you go in knowing this is a 90% movie you will probably be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, its good, just don’t go in thinking its amazing.
TLDR: 4/5. Good mix of action and mystery and comedy. Worth a watch.
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