Movie Review: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

May 8, 2022

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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).


Initial Thoughts:

Nicolas Cage is like a lot of actors these days, he's in a ton of movies, and (unfortunately) a lot of them are just terrible and not with seeing. Fortunately, however, every now and then he does a movie that reminds you that he is actually a good actor, (excellent even, he did win an Oscar), and given the right movie, you get to see that. This movie got good reviews and we decided to go (that and as I'm sure you've noticed, I see a lot of movies!). 

Main Points:

This is a love letter to Nicolas Cage as you get to stroll down memory lane with plenty of his performances (and see just how much he's changed over the years), it's meta as hell but has a good heart to it and is often quite funny.

Nic Cage shows he can play this version of himself well, pull off some laughs, and of course, do some of the usual action stuff he always does in so many of his more well-known movies. Credit must also be given to Pedro Pascal who is excellent here and quite funny (so is Cage).

It's interesting as it's a movie that seems really simple on the surface, but when you think about it there is some depth, (for example Cage really does have a lot of money issues, apparently he's just terrible with it) as it comments a bit on the nature of Hollywood, show biz and how a lot of movies are made. The end is very predictable but as it's a movie, about making movies, with a person playing a version of themself, well it actually works well in this context.

Final Thoughts:

I found myself laughing a good bit throughout this movie, smiling and I realized that Nic Cage can still be in good movies, it's just become very rare (and no I still haven't watched Pig, I have heard he's good in that). As I often say, please don't let your kids see this, it's rated R for a reason, drug use, language, violence the usual stuff you shouldn't see at 10 (or even 14). This movie won't win any awards but I hope it's an indication of what Nic Cage can still bring, a good movie where he has fun and shows us the talent he has. I give it a solid 7.5 out of 10 and would recommend it to anyone who wants to reminisce about Nic Cage movies, have a laugh, and just have fun at the movies.