MOVIE REPORT CARD: THE NICE GUYS
Aside from the lovely screenplay, what ultimately makes The Nice Guys work, is the chemistry between Crowe and Gosling. Shane Black, directs this wacky, offbeat tale, with spunk. The film oozes entertainment, and watching the two leads play off each other throughout, is the real treat. Young Angourie Rice, holds her own here too, and adds an extra flavor to the story. The film does tend to meander a bit, and gets lost in its own smartness. However, it's a small blemish on an otherwise fantastic film. It's fun, funky, funny, and great.
As comedy sequels go, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, is one of the better ones. It builds off of what made the first film work, and doubles down on it. For the better. While, the film doesn't quite live up to the first film, it is still extremely funny when it needs to be. Neighbors 2, also offers a surprisingly sweet story as well, to add on to its humor. Unfortunately, where the film falls flat, is in Chloe Grace Moretz, who is giving it an effort, but ultimately doesn't quite get there. Her delivery at times, feels uncomfortable and it's all too noticeable. Still, in the end, Neighbors 2 delivers the goods for the most part.
Captain America: Civil War may boast some spectacular action set-pieces, however, the shaky story and once again Marvel's inability to craft a compelling villain, lets it down. Zimo, is basically in this film, as fan service. Character motivations as to why they are fighting, come out of left field and feel forced. The title may say Captain America, but Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man, is front and center in this tale. Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, and Tom Holland's Spider-Man, are the standouts here, as the title character is shuffled aside to make way for a morality tale, about right and wrong. That being said, somehow Civil War manages to be mostly fun; as a battle royale with all of Marvel's heavyweights, comes to a head. The Russo Brothers, have crafted a dazzling action spectacle to make-up for what the film lacks in story. Even they though, take a step back from their vastly superior Winter Soldier. It's fun, but not much else.