I’ve been caught up in such a dismissive attitude about The Nice Guys that I didn’t even look at the latest trailer. Out of boredom I just did. I have to admit that it looks marginally amusing. I somehow didn’t understand until now that Ryan Gosling is Stan Laurel to Russell Crowe‘s Oliver Hardy, and I don’t mean that in more ways than one. Gosling’s Lou Costello to Crowe’s Bud Abbott…whatever. Director-writer Shane Black went to the moon to get all the period details right. All except one — nobody wore Yasser Arafat hipster beards in the late ’70s. That look didn’t come in until the GQ/Miami Vice thing took off in the mid to late ’80s.