The production values were consistently good, so it was easy on the eyes and ears. The plot was a nice re-work of the gum shoe detective, if a little obvious. But this movie had what so few "genre" movies had, "likeability" and a good sense of fun.
It had just the right amount of tense moments and a quite a few gags ( I won't give them away) that were subtle but genuinely funny.
I liked the lead actors, especially the "forced into it" detective who is black without it being a "special issue", he just is, and not in any predefined way. I found myself rooting for him though out the entire movie, and relating to him, which is rare in movies or tv these days, (I am not African American, disclosure) because he has a heart in a city of tin men (another favorite theme of classic detective stories)!
I am usually down on endless Hollywood sequels, but this is one movie that I would like to see another one of.
It was a fun night watching this flick.