THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT – A Review by Gadi Elkon

The website for this film is titled NickCage(.)Movie and I think that perfectly captures the unique oddity of this hilarious film.  Here is my full review of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

In this action-packed comedy, Nicolas Cage plays Nick Cage, channeling his iconic characters as he’s caught between a superfan (Pedro Pascal) and a CIA agent (Tiffany Haddish).

This movie has an amazing ability to highlight the subtle and obvious connection to Nicolas Cage.  Nic screaming is something you better get used to.  The above synopsis is completely accurate in the plot of the film.  All you really need to add is that you will laugh your ass off.  I was utterly transfixed at how much I enjoyed this film.  Its really funny and humor-filled without the crazy premise.  Nick seems to relish every second of this film.  His ability to maniacally tackle one scene and become Zen like in another has always made him captivating.   The ego behind this premise though is what alludes to the other side of Nic Cage’s fame.  His over-the-top personality is merely a microcosm of his actual one of a kind nature.  You find yourself getting to feel angry at and sorrow for the exact same figure.  And all the while laughing uncontrollably through this joyride.

Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish really dive in to their roles with gusto and fire.  Their ability to match Nic Cage’s wild swings of emotion really allow everyone to bounce off each other.  Though Sharon Horgan’s performance as Olivia, Nic’s Ex-Wife, stands out for her ability to be pitting towards Cage and completely unaware of the ridiculous antics surrounding them (especially in the second half of the film).

Story wise the premise, though absurd, is actually easily followable and the pacing keeps you strapped in to the ride throughout.  Even the more insular and meta moments behind the premise help define just how open the movie can be.  Nic Cage unique life and story help make this as singular as BEING JOHN MALCOVICH felt upon its release.  Granted this is NOT Being John but you know Being Nic.  This is a comedy idea about identity and reality of an enigmatic star who’s workload and passion have always been discussion points rather than statements.

You’ll leave this film having appreciated just how wacky Nicolas Cage is and will be!

Well worth your time and money to see this wild ride.

 

THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT

Directed by: Tom Gormican

Written by: Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten

Rated: R

Selig Rating: 4 Stars

Running Time: 1h 47min

Action / Comedy / Crime

In Theaters Everywhere April 22nd

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

 

The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie, well worth the price.

4 Stars – Good movie

3 Stars – OK movie

2 Stars – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.

1 Star – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.

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