549ea7a5f2cfd00d0c49aaca086995a7Still catching up on my film reviews, based on my increasingly faulty memory and therefore probably shorter than usual, so bear with me!

Watched: 15 June 2016

What’s it all about?

A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.

Why did I want to see it?

I had quite enjoyed the trailer whenever I’d seen it in support of other movies, and the Book God had made a plea that we see a film with real people in it rather than superheroes or folk bashing each other with swords or scaring the living daylights out of each other. So we did.

What did I think of it?

This actually turned out to be a really good choice. I was born in the early 1960s so the whole 70s vibe really clicked with me – the colour scheme, the clothes, the music – and along with the fact that it was really very funny (I laughed continually throughout) made it a very satisfying watch. I’ve liked Ryan Gosling in everything I’ve seen him in, and although I can take or (mostly) leave Russell Crowe, I thought he was the most likeable I have ever found him. Gosling’s talent for slapstick was particularly impressive, and there was just the right amount of violence and swearing for me. Which now I come to think of it  is rather a lot; must be my Paisley upbringing. Anyway, this was great fun, and the first Shane Black movie I have seen so I guess (as everyone is saying the others are even better than this one) I really should remedy that fact.

 

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