The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent – Film Review •


The parcel: Actor Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage) is holding out for this role which will be his defining moment in the film industry. After that, he plans to pack everything up and retire. He has visions of his younger self urging him to embrace his public persona and be the movie star rather than the actor. His agent Richard (Neil Patrick Harris) has a job for him to show up at the birthday party of Javi (Pedro Pascal), a Spanish millionaire and fan. The duo bond over drinks and their shared love of movies, with Javi introducing them to the wonders of a certain family movie. However, CIA agents Vivian (Tiffany Haddish) and Martin (Ike Barinholtz) have another job for him: to spy on Javi, whom they suspect is involved in the kidnapping of a government official’s daughter. ..

The verdict: It’s finally here – the movie about a certain actor getting off in a fun, John Malkovich-style way. The unwieldy title of The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent is something of a joke, given that its star performer – a certain Nicolas Cage – seems to comfortably handle the fame and adoration of being a well-known, Oscar-winning actor in tandem with its own unique rockstar persona. It’s Nic Cage, man. There’s no one else like him, except maybe his on-screen alter ego here Nick Cage – that’s with a k. Like his Con Air co-star Malkovich, Cage plays “a version” of himself here in this crazy spy caper that also doubles as the ultimate Cage Rage movie. We know this because he’s married to makeup artist Olivia (Sharon Horgan) and his daughter is played by Kate Beckinsale’s daughter, Lily Sheen (Cage actually has two sons). What is fact and fiction here then? Part of the fun of the movie is how it plays with Cage’s public and private personas, rather than going straight for it. That would be too close to the bone.

Director Tom Gormican and his co-writer Kevin Etten have somehow concocted this crazy but loving ultimate tribute to the actor, mixing together many cinematic easter eggs and praying he likes the concept enough to go wild with it. The alternative was not a movie at all. Thankfully, Cage responded to the script and engaged with his anarchic yet ironic tone. It’s a thing of beauty though. The script is cleverly constructed to become not only a movie about Nicolas Cage and his immense talent, but also about becoming a more than bearable movie in which Cage finds himself the star of his own real-life adventure (read: movie) that runs through this fiction. / fracture reality. It’s deep meta-cinema but with a sensitivity that knows exactly how to navigate potentially choppy waters. Placing Cage the actor on his own on-screen adventure may seem like a vanity project at first. All of those concerns are comfortably put to rest by Gormican making it essentially a bromance flick in which Cage bonds with superfan Javi, they talk about their top three movies, drop acid together, and get into all sorts of scrapes. And that’s just to start.

Nicky Kim Coppola (another joke, given his heritage) is also in the mix, his Wild At Heart-era self who pops up at various intervals to kickstart Nick’s mojo — or to kiss him. Yes actually. Cage is so playful here that he’s not beyond anything as bizarre as that. However, the movie cuts short of introducing other variations of Cage from the Multiverse – perhaps this will be saved for a future Marvel movie if they heed his recent call. Cage is a delight throughout, playing on audience perceptions and expectations of himself, but also showing more of that introspective Cage of the ending like in Pig. It’s a portrayal of the actor in different shades, all true to his nature but with a meta angle written and directed from the perspective of a fanboy who knows what drives him. Pairing Cage with Pedro Pascal works like a charm, with the two actors bouncing off each other like beach balls just wanting to have fun in the Spanish sun (well, Hungary and Croatia for budgetary reasons). Their bromance is what grounds the film in a kind of cinematic reality, making it a much more palatable and relatable experience.

The unbearable weight of massive talent shouldn’t really work as well as it does. It’s a Nick Cage movie wrapped up in the kind of movie that Nic Cage would answer to, but it’s ultimately about Nicolas Cage being the most playful actor of the year, maybe even the last two decades in terms of himself. mocking himself (“Not the bees!” even slips in). Nic Cage on the loose then? It’s not as much of a headache as it sounds. it’s done in such a lighthearted, hilarious, action-packed and completely engaging way that you won’t notice the joins. Cage only left and reinvented himself again. Long may he confuse expectations and surprise us all.A contagious delight that will make the audience smile as the credits roll.

Rating: 4 / 5

Review by Gareth O’Connor

The unbearable weight of massive talent

Cageless Nic Cage

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (US / 15A / 106 mins)

In short: Cageless Nic Cage

Directed by Tom Gormican.

With Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz, Sharon Horgan, Lily Sheen, Neil Patrick Harris.


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