The Nice Guys: The Official Movie Novelizationby Charles Ardai Published 10 May 2016
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Holland March is a private eye with a defective nose and a broken arm. Jackson Healy is the tough guy who put him in a cast. Not the two most likely men to team up to hunt for a missing girl, or look into the suspicious death of a beautiful porn star, or go up against a conspiracy of the rich and powerful that stretches from Detroit to D.C. Hell, they’re not the most likely pair to team up to do anything. But there you go. And if they somehow survive this case, they might just find they like each other.
But let’s be honest. They probably won’t survive it.
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"The Nice Guys: The Official Movie Novelization" Reviews
I usually do not read movie novelizations but I made an exception for this one because I enjoyed Charles Ardai’s previous novels, plus I seem to find myself on an accidental 10-year quest to read the entire Hard Case Crime catalog.
The nice guys from the title are Holland March, an alcoholic recently widowed private investigator who is tracking Amelia Kutner, a person of interest in a murder case, and Jackson Healy, the tough guy Amelia hires to chase March away. Both men quickly realize there is a deeper mystery afoot, and they reluctantly buddy-up to solve the crime.
The story is fast-paced and at times very funny. Not just the sight gags and snappy dialog--which are meant to be seen and heard, definitely not read—but the best parts are the things Ardai added beyond the screenplay--the characters’ inner thoughts and wry commentary:
“People didn’t hate a knee-breaker the way they hated a detective. Breaking someone’s knees, or arm, or jaw, was a good, honest profession, and by and large the people you did it to knew why it was being done, and they accepted it. They knew they owed money. They knew Kitten was underage. They knew it, and they took their punishment. But the people a private eye went after—those people fought back, and they fought dirty. Now, maybe that was all the more reason to go into the business of putting them away. Wasn’t it better to stand up to the powerful than to beat down little people who didn’t expect any better?”
“Guns made everything better. When they were yours. Not so much when they were, you know, a hired killer’s.”
The problem is the absurd, illogical plot. It might possibly work on film, given the frenetic pace and the fact it is supposed to be satire, anyway. The page is much less forgiving. Amelia hires Healy to chase away March in the third chapter before March even begins searching for her. Innocent bystanders are shot in wild gunfights and the police never so much as detain our heroes for questioning. Clues appear almost by magic in the form of written notes on slips of pink paper. A reference is made to a discussion in Pegleg’s bar that never occurred (deleted scene?). The climactic battle features a perpetually rolling tin can of film being chased by seven grown men…
Moviegoers may have become accustomed to such nonsense, but readers are still more discerning.
I'm not usually into media tie-in stuff or novelizations of movies but for some reason I had NOT seen The Nice Guys even though it features two of my favorite actors and utilizes the writing genius of Shane Black.
So when I saw the cool Hard Case Crime edition for pennies, I thought, "what the hell". So I read it and loved it. It IS based on the screenplay and the author of the novelization, Charles Ardai, does an excellent job of depicting Shane Black's excellent banter in text form.
I can't wait to watch the film now ... I laughed, heartily and out loud, many times while reading this.
It takes a very special attraction to make me want to read a novelisation. I made an exception for this one because a) it’s by Hard Case Crime and b) I was curious as to what a crime novel written by Shane Black might be like - to which this is the next best thing. Besides, since the movie flopped, there’s a dim chance a sequel could come in book form?
Anyway it’s pretty good - obviously extremely faithful to the movie, just with a few embellishments which are wholly in keeping with the characters as established by Black and Bagarozzi’s screenplay. It never quite becomes its own thing, however. Ardai is a competent writer - he runs Hard Case Crime so his taste is demonstrably impeccable and his writing reflects that much.
Just as hilarious as the film.
Just as fast-paced, just as dumb and just as complex in its crime element. It was a wonderful little read!
Well I thought this book was cute and fun. I even went and saw it in the theater afterwards, and it was just as fun as the book. Of course that makes sense since the movie came first. My point is that I never go to theaters and this book made me laugh so much that I had to see the movie. It's wonderful if you're looking for something fun and unexpected.
Savvy readers know, of course: never buy the book based on the film. I know, I know; I can tear you tut-tutting, muttering I-Told-You-So’s. But here we are, I bought one, and the result is as you’d expect: a tad underwhelming. You need to understand, though: this is a novelization based on a Shane Black script – the guy who wrote Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 – which has been turned into the movie starring Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe, The Nice Guys. Not only that, the book is published by the reputable folks at Hard Case Crime – so I expected great things. Alas, what I got is very much a novel that feels like it’s missing a vital ingredient; that special something that would elevate it above other novels in the genre.
The Nice Guys is an unabashed buddy-cop action comedy. Holland March is the always-inebriated, always-buffoonish private eye with a busted nose. Jackson Healy is the tough guy, whose tough-as-nails attitude belies a softer underbelly. They’re like fire and ice, boasting completely divisive personalities that theoretically render any sort of partnership inoperable. But of course, circumstances throw them together in a hunt for a missing girl.
Ardai captures the feel of 1970’s Los Angeles to perfection – not at all a pleasant place to live, and in my mind, barely conceivable given what the city has become, and is today. And his prose is typically stark and hardboiled: this is a writer well-versed in the genre, who knows what its readers demand. Unfortunately, the plot is fairly cookie-cutter; but whereas the film can rely on standout performances by Crowe and Gosling to overcome its formulaic structure, Ardai’s adaptation can’t quite overcome these shortcomings. I get the feeling the success of The Nice Guys film will be down to the actors’ rhythm – and while Ardai nails their patter (it’s being plucked from the screenplay, after all) he can’t (through no fault of his own) capture their mannerisms. In other words, The Nice Guys novel is fine on paper, a serviceable whodunit, but isn’t much more than that.
Readers unfamiliar with Ardai’s work are doing themselves a slight disservice by beginning with The Nice Guys. Do yourself a favour and grab yourself a copy of the stellar Fifty-to-One to see what the guy can really do, on his own, without a predetermined blueprint.