Frankly, Nicolas Cage passionately kissing a youthful model of himself on display screen was not on my 2022 Bingo. But hey, that is not even the weirdest scene in Tom Gormican’s newest movie The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. This very ‘meta’ movie, which has Nicolas Cage enjoying a fictionalised model of himself is weird, absurd, and at instances fairly foolish. But all through all this, it stays totally entertaining. And regardless that the bar is low on that parameter, it is simply the craziest Nicolas Cage movie. Also learn: Nicolas Cage says he’s ‘never going to retire’ from acting: ‘I’m healthier when I’m working’
The comedy-action-thriller has Nicolas Cage starring as a washed out movie star named…properly, Nick Cage, who finds himself in an undesirable place of being utilized by the CIA to spy on a criminal offense lord (Pedro Pascal), who occurs to be his greatest fan. The two are supported by an assortment of actors with Sharon Horgan enjoying Nick’s fictional ex-wife, Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz as CIA brokers, and Neil Patrick Harris because the actor’s agent Richard Fink.
We see references to Moonstruck, Gone in 60 Seconds, Face-Off, and Con Air, and in addition jokes about Nicolas’ ‘spending habits’ (for the unversed, Nicolas spent a $150 million fortune and ended up in debt in actual life). The movie is a gold mine of Easter Eggs for popular culture aficionados. But it is way more than that. It’s a smartly-written movie, which infuses situational pure humour and witty dialogue. Granted, it largely relies upon upon the star energy and charisma of its lead, nevertheless it makes probably the most of it.
The movie hinges on the chemistry between the 2 leads–Nicolas and Pedro, and they don’t disappoint. The two actors are in advantageous type and feed off one another of their scenes. Their exchanges mild up the display screen. I’d gladly give an arm and a leg to see them in a buddy-cop motion movie. The movie’s intelligent use of a youthful Nicholas Cage to depict the actor’s inside monologue pays off. Scenes that includes ‘Nicky’ are probably the most entertaining components of the movie.
It’s not the primary time a serious star has performed a fictionalised model of themselves on display screen. John Malkovich did it in Being John Malkovich again in 1999. Shah Rukh Khan parodied himself not as soon as however twice–in Billu and Fan. And extra just lately, Anil Kapoor introduced his entire household with him in Netflix’s AK vs AK. What makes Unbearable Weight totally different are two components. First is that this movie has a star not on the prime of their recreation however one who carries a tag of a ‘has-been’ (albeit now observing a renaissance of types since his final launch, the extremely acclaimed Pig). To personal up to that and make enjoyable of it for tens of millions to watch is sincere and courageous. And it makes for way more honest entertainment than any of the aforementioned movies.
The second distinguishing issue for the movie is how the star matches within the story. In AK vs AK, Anurag Kashyap may have taken on some other actor and it could have made sense. In reality, the movie was initially AK vs SK with Anurag kidnapping Mira Rajput to get again at Shahid Kapoor. Similarly, Fan may have been about Hrithik Roshan or Salman Khan and it might nonetheless have labored. But Unbearable Weight wants Nicolas Cage. He is an Oscar winner however he is additionally the person who performed John Milton in that totally forgettable movie Drive Angry. He is somebody who starred in some of the largest hits of the 90s and 2000s but additionally the person who had been making straight-to-video movies over the previous couple of years. That mercurial, unpredictable character of Nicolas Cage is what makes the movie entertaining.
Before a pig wandered into his life, the previous Ghost Rider and Face-Off star had, lately, been relegated to doing titles like Running With the Devil and Vengeance: A Love Story. In a way, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and Pig have launched him to a complete new era of cinema lovers who’ve at all times questioned why their mother and father ever appreciated this man. So, I may say Nicolas Cage is again. But then, I’m certain he’d say the identical factor he says within the movie repeatedly: “Not that I went wherever!”
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent had its world premiere at South by Southwest in Texas on March 12, and launched in theatres on Friday, April 22. The movie has been produced by Saturn Films and Burr! Productions and distributed globally by Lionsgate.
Film: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Director: Tom Gormican
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tiffany Haddish