Title – The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)
Director – Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment)
Cast – Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Ike Barinholtz, Neil Patrick Harris
Plot – Invited to a Spanish villa by super-fan Javi Gutierrez (Pascal), struggling Hollywood actor Nick Cage (Cage) finds himself caught up in a dangerous government operation involving gun runners and kidnap victims.
“I’ll be back”
Review by Eddie on 22/04/2022
At more than one stage appearing destined for a sad demise in the lands of direct to video releases that ranged from the tolerable to the diabolical, the recent career revival and public adoration towards Oscar winner and walking meme Nicolas Cage has been a sight to behold and easily one of feel good stories of modern Hollywood history.
It’s hard to nail down an exact time and place where Cage reminded us all that he is in fact some form of national treasure but with the likes of recent releases such as Mandy, Joe, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and last years wonderful surprise Pig, Cage has started to deliver products that are not only on par with his early to mid-90’s output but arguably career best with new meta-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent taking Cage’s new found place in the adoring world to all new levels of goodness.
Teaming up with sophomore feature director Tom Gormican to bring his real-life persona into a wild mix of his Hollywood self, Cage is here playing himself in a wild adventure that see’s the committed performer a guest at Pedro Pascal’s Javi Gutierrez’s Spanish villa as the long-time Cage fanboy invites him to his home in an event that quickly turns dangerous as Cage is called upon help the US government stop a group of deadly arms dealers.
Narratively there’s nothing to get overly excited about here but the glue that holds this romp all together is the fact Gormican brings out the absolute best of Cage that is sure to be a treat to anyone that has watched his career blossom from bit parts in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, to Oscar glory in Leaving Las Vegas then sad appearances in the likes of The Wicker Man or Left Behind, with Cage here having the time of his life reflecting on his up and down career, riffing of his imaginary younger self and creating comedic gold chemistry with his co-star who proves his just as at home in a film such as this as he is in Mexican cartels and battling evil in a galaxy far far away.
Rarely stopping for a moments pause, once Cage arrives as Javi’s picturesque villa and strikes up a budding friendship with the film loving screenwriting fan, Weight just goes for broke as it throws Cage in a series of over the top and crazy situations with highlights coming thick and fast in the form of cliff jumps and acid trips and while it does start to lose steam once Cage’s ex-wife and daughter arrive on the scene around the three quarters mark, there’s a lot of good will built up from the film that ensures its never far from providing a fun time for all who signed up for the adventure to Cage’s world that we are just living in.
A film that for all intents and purposes should never have existed if we were to rewind mere years ago, Weight is a memorable addition to the totally unique and once in a lifetime career of one of Hollywood’s most engaging icons, Weight has no right being as entertaining as it is as it gives us an insight into the world of Nic Cage, the man, the myth and the legend.
Final Say –
Likely to be a new favourite for any of Nic Cage’s long-term fans or new bandwagoners, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a hugely entertaining film that doesn’t unleash anything spectacular but does a fine job of allowing its leading men to have an absolute blast in a meta-comedy that will be one of 2022’s most genuinely surprising outings.
3 1/2 Donnie Brasco situations out of 5