So, I have to admit, I made a mistake. When I first heard about / saw reviews for this thing, I blew it off as shit. Russell Crowe??? PFFFFT. Ryan Gosling? Meh…. Hipster shit outfits on the poster? I’m out. But Mrs. THE IPC wanted to watch it and that is my Prime Directive so we did and ———————–> I absolutely fucking loved it. The outfits look this way because this is set in the 70s which is my favorite decade, it’s totally hilarious and it’s really, really well made. They also do things in here that most movies don’t do – they pay attention to details and they introduce something minor in the middle of the movie that makes sense later, so it’s not just some sort of useless thing that has nothing to do with anything. I was totally wrong about my pre-conception of this – I loved it and will watch it a lot while I live.
Surely you’ve read about this already from the people that have time to go to movies and then write something up. Even back when I didn’t have much to do it still took me about a week or two to get something produced out here after a watch. Anyway, Gosling is a drunk Private Investigator much along the lines of Jim Rockford from The Rockford Files (a total win in my book). Crowe (who doesn’t ham it up for two hours) is a muscle for hire much along the lines of his role in L.A. Confidential although, he is not quite as, um, thin here. Tangent – I should watch The Rockford Files again, I wonder if they are as good as I remember. Noted!
After some early adversary-ness, they team up to track down the daughter from The Leftovers and – well – it all works. A lot of people have already done this so I’ll touch on some other things. One of the things I loved was the subtlety of the humor. At one point, the daughter from The Leftovers is screaming about fascists and the car industry and her mom and, quietly, in the background (not on screen) Goslings says “I have neighbors, you know.” Or, how Gosling has this cast on his arm and his suit jacket is always cut so it fits. They don’t highlight that shit but it’s always there. Or the duck on his cast.
I can’t say enough good things about the blond girl above – her name is Angourie Rice and she was really fantastic. I also thought it was funny that they referenced The Waltons (TV show) a lot and the car industry sends in a hit man named John Boy and he looks like this:
I also enjoyed that they put Gil Gerard in here. He’s not in it for long but it’s always good to see Buck Rogers. I met him once at a ComicCon in Tulsa. He was real nice and not a complete asshole like Tia Carrere. I guess, to close this out, if you’re in doubt about this, don’t be. It’s hilarious and I hope they do a sequel.