Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Movie Review

Nicolas Cage stars in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nick Cage Smooches Good

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Nicolas Cage stars as... Nick Cage in the action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalized version of Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan (Pedro Pascal). Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative (Tiffany Haddish) and forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones. With a career built for this very moment, the seminal award-winning actor must take on the role of a lifetime: Nick Cage. Directed by Tom Gormican.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Jacob Scipio, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tiffany Haddish.

What's Good: "Nicolas Cage... is incredible. The Guy's a fucking legend!" Perhaps legend is a bit of a stretch, but his reluctant pairing with the "Spanish Dr. No" (Pascal) might result in our first-ever Best Actors (plural) award at the end of the year. The latter is downright lovable as an adoring fanboy with the millions necessary to afford a Hollywood superstar BFF. Cage meanwhile, reminds us why we loved him so much so many years ago. He starts off bitter, but slowly warms up to friendship, reconciliation and (to our delight) laughs galore.

What's Not: Haddish and Barinholtz miss the mark as unfunny/unnecessary CIA agents in an otherwise hilarious affair.

Budget: N/A

Runtime: 107 minutes (Just about perfect.)

Target Audience: Con Air. The Rock. Need I say more?

Bottom Line: I'm a sucker for guys like Jean Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steven Seagal. Cage might have a Best Actor Oscar on his mantle, but he remains a (quirky) action hero at heart. The fact that he's brave enough in the twilight of his career to poke fun at himself speaks volumes. Fingers crossed for a sequel or two.

Grade: B+