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
Holland March is a private eye, hired to track down deceased porn star, Misty Mountains - wait, she's supposed to be dead right? Not according the elderly woman who swears she saw her briefly before Misty turned heel and did a runner from her home - the day after flipping her car and officially being declared dead. March is a guy with questionable ethics, and he's sure as hell not about to let an easy payday pass him by. He takes the case but it doesn't turn out at all like he had hoped...
Jackson Healy is the tough guy who was hired by Amelia, a young woman with a striking resemblance to Misty, to put the hard word on a man (March) who had been snooping around her.
The two cases collide in a wave of conspiracy, murder and evil schemes that neither could have predicted.
I read the book before watching the movie and have got to say, the novelization was better - which is to take nothing away from the buddy-cop laugh out loud premise of the movie - they were both very fun to read / watch.
The human is on point, the story rushes along at breakneck speed, jumping from one problem to the next as the 'heroes' bundle their way through the case.
I highly recommend checking out both forms of media.
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.
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.
Don't bother if you've seen the movie, the book doesn't offer anything new or any hidden depths.
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.
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.