Featured cast: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish & together.
Director: Tom Gormican
What’s good: Nicolas Cage is brave to face his career in comedy form and even acknowledge his most criticized moments. The whole existence of Pedro Pascal!
What’s wrong : That if it’s the “unbearable weight” of his talent, we never feel it building up because we never go that deep in the emotions.
Toilet break: You should not. It’s a very short film and an entertaining watch.
Watch or not? : Try. Not that you can see meta movies every day. Plus, there’s more comedy.
Available on: In theaters near you.
Duration: 106 minutes
Nick Cage aka Nicolas Cage is a fading star who is not sure to lose his shine. He makes the effort to return to the game but realizes that few people want him anymore. A drug lord Javi (Pedro Pascal) on a remote island is a star worshiper and summons him one day. He has a script for him and the government hot on his heels. The adventures start from here.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talents Movie Review: Script Analysis
He’s Nicolas Cage, the man behind Face/Off, The Rock, and many other films that are arguably good but are certainly etched in our memories. One fine day, he decides to dissect his career and agrees to bring out the comedy in it while accepting the harshest criticism and also accepting that the once brilliant movie star is now a declining actor. He calls it The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a brave move and one to be appreciated.
Creating a meta-universe out of himself, where he is real and the rest is fictional, Nicolas Cage with writers Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten creates a shot of a person who realizes they are aging and making an effort to still be relevant, but is also not ready to accept that it fades away. He tries to stay in the past and expects people around him to do the same so the present doesn’t bother him too much. This takes everyone away from him except his agent played by an incredible Neil Patrick Harris, who has the most ridiculous (read practical) ideas for making money.
The script presents Nick Cage as someone in debt, with no job in his kitty, a problematic relationship dynamic, and a person living an uncertain lifestyle. So it literally breaks the phenomenon that he was larger than life from the start. So it’s not the Nicolas Cage you saw on camera, but he’s not there right now. It’s funny how the creators of each stage force the actor to address some of the most controversial moments of his career and even plant Easter eggs.
But since one would assume the movie is all about Cage and his enormous talent, that’s not the case. It’s also about an unexpected bond between two men, one of whom worships the other. There’s a side storyline that includes plenty of guns and a fair amount of action. The comedy comes out organically and entertains its viewers. It’s refreshing to watch them link up in the most hilarious way and end it in style.
What the script lacks is making the viewer feel this “unbearable weight”. And that can only be done if you dive into the emotions and don’t just stick to comedy. There are too many opportunities scattered all over the movie to do that. Cage’s relationship with his daughter, the moment he decides to quit acting, when a drug lord summons him and a superstar has to obey because of the money. There’s a tiny moment when Nick’s daughter is mad at him and he says, “There’s no script to being a parent.” The only time you feel the weight.
There are of course dedications to Con Air, Guarding Tess, The Croods 2 and more. Go check it yourself.
Movie Review The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent: Star Performance
Nicolas Cage is tasked with acting himself while making it convincing. If you watch a Cage interview on YouTube, you’ll know it’s not a hard thing for the actor. It convincingly blends fact and fiction to such an extent that it just might make it look like a biopic. But the absurdity of it all pulls you back and makes you realize that’s not the case.
Pedro’s effortless screen presence is one of the best parts of the film. Pascal manages to play Javi with a trait where the comedy comes out of him organically and it doesn’t feel forced. He is a drug lord, should we also be afraid of him and the actor also succeeds.
However, Sharon Horgan, Lily Mo Sheen, and Tiffany Haddish don’t do much and end up being triggers to push the story forward.
Film Review The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent: Direction, Music
Tom Gormican seems to be a huge fan of Nicolas Cage. He makes sure his muse is in every frame and that there is no moment that is far from him. It also puts the film at risk and limits development. But he makes up for that with comedy.
Mark Isham puts on the right amount of music and helps create a great atmosphere. Also, costume team, please can someone mail me the massive ring that Cage wears throughout the movie if that was an addition from you?
Movie Review The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent: The Last Word
The movie that has Nicolas Cage in every corner is entertaining and a good watch, but it’s missing the main thing it promised and you can’t ignore it.
Lionsgate India brings The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent to cinemas near you on April 22/Today.
Trailer The unbearable weight of massive talents
The unbearable weight of massive talent released on April 22, 2022.
Share with us your viewing experience The unbearable weight of massive talent.
Must read: Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Movie Review: Better than Part 2 but still disappointing, we miss Johnny Depp
Follow us: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube