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An astonishing, amusing and absurd Nicolas Cage – Cinéma express

What is The unbearable weight of massive talent? Is this a fanservice film for one of world cinema’s greatest enigmas? Is it a meta movie about fame and being constantly in the spotlight? Is this one of Nicholas Cage’s greatest all-in-one hits? Is it a heartwarming story of reconciliation of a distant family? Is it an inspiring story of creative acumen overcoming commercial demands when making a film? Is it an action-adventure in which a writer and a star join hands in a buddy cop movie model? Is it a fun spy thriller that veers into murder and mayhem territory in the final act? Much like the central character, Nic Cage, a fictionalized version of Nicolas Cage played by Nicholas Cage, The unbearable weight of massive talent is all this and much more.

With: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Tiffany Hadish

Director: Tom Gormican

It’s definitely a mix of various plot points, and director Tom Gormican and the writers (Tom and Kevin Effen) show an effective way of a fanservice movie. One can’t help but draw parallels to films closer to home that fail to strike the balance between fanboying and making a compelling film. In The unbearable weight of massive talent, the line is generally well maintained and the wonderful cast of Pedro Pascal as Javi Gutierrez, who acts as Cage’s perfect foil, is a big help. It’s Javi’s inclusion in the film that kicks things off in this crazy movie that ticks a lot of interesting boxes. Faced with a seemingly insurmountable crisis in his professional and private life, Nic Cage accepts a gig to attend billionaire playboy Javi’s birthday party. It is only after reaching the island that Nic Cage realizes that Javi is more than just a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. He’s not just a super fan who shares Nic’s love of the 1920 silent horror film, The Office of Dr. Caligari. The FBI, who are thrown into the mix, tell Nic Cage that Javi is a criminal mastermind, and the actor is roped in to bring Javi down. A few sets here, a few Cage-isms there, and bam! We have a film that can best be described as a reminder that Nicolas Cage still has it in him to be the populist hero of our mainstream commercial films.

The unbearable weight of massive talent is a fun exercise for Nicolas Cage fans who can see both a reluctant Cage and an unbalanced Cage in the same movie. While the latter is seen in a hilarious dope sequence in the film with a brilliant Pedro in tow, the former makes his presence felt in the emotional moments that involve him and his family. Very early in the film, we see Nicolas Cage puffy-eyed, nervous and with a swinging voice as Nic Cage takes on a Boston accent and plays a mobster during an impromptu audition. There’s almost equal inconsistency in later parts, and we never know which cage we’d get, and that’s certainly a good thing. However, such films run the risk of becoming a little too forgiving, and The unbearable weight of massive talent is no exception. While Cage’s gag seeing a younger version of himself, whose main purpose is to inflate his ego, culminates in the weirdest yet hilarious visual imagery of them sharing a passionate kiss, has a rounded arc, not all gags of The unbearable weight of massive talent remains his welcome. Even the effectiveness of some plot threads is questionable. However, since the purpose of this movie is to rekindle our Cage fandom, it’s understandable why certain scenes are in place.

It’s interesting how Nic Cage’s idiosyncrasies are both elevated and grounded by having someone like Pedro’s Javi or Sharon Horgan’s Olivia playing Cage’s on-screen wife, reminding him of both his strengths and its weaknesses. Nic Cage shares both exhaustive and poignant moments with these two characters. Whether it’s the Cage-Javi scene on the cliffs or the throwaway dialogue about Humphrey Bogart that speaks volumes about the equation between Olivia-Cage, I couldn’t help but want to see more of it rather than the whole angle of the FBI. While it’s understandable that this plot device was used in the film, The unbearable weight of massive talent, much like the movie Cage and Javi want to make in the movie, would have benefited from having fewer genre changes. But then again, we wouldn’t have had Tiffany Hadish and Ike Barinholtz, who play FBI agents, running off with some of the funniest lines in the film. So an even-steven conundrum, I think.

Ultimately, The unbearable weight of massive talent is an evocative showcase of stardom from one of the most unlikely stars of our time. Nicolas Cage’s legacy is best expressed by someone who calls him a Dreamer guy, and the other one calling him the one from Front/Off. There’s a smile on Nic Cage’s face when someone says mandy is a masterpiece, and the same smile is seen when someone else says they enjoyed Croods 2. His face shows signs of pride when reminded of how he drove his own car I’m going in 60 secondsand there is an underestimated happiness when he understands how Keep Tess makes two generations bury their hatchet, albeit briefly. As young Cage tells his tired, self-doubting older self, “You’re a freaking movie star and not just an actor.” A group of us have always known this, and with The unbearable weight of massive talent, it is clear that Nicholas Cage also believes in it. Now is the time for the younger generation, who mostly only know him from memes and viral material, to realize that the man who made him The rock and ghost rider also succeeded Raising Arizona and Adaptationand the actor who made national treasure and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was also part of The heart that is in Desert or Pork.

Basically… He’s “Nicolas-f**kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnngggg-Cage” and like his Seth from City of Angels say, “Some things are true whether you believe them or not.