Reviews by Joyce Glasser The unbearable weight of massive talent (on digital, SteelBook, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD now from Lionsgate UK) Cert 15, 107 min.
If you missed this clever and entertaining film in theaters, besides the fortune that comes with it, there are some good reasons to own the DVD. Nicolas Cage not only plays a fictional version of himself, but also a younger one – Nicolas Kim Coppola or Nicky, his invisible, ego-boosting double. No one knows how to fake Nicolas Cage better than himself, and neither does director and co-writer (with Kevin Etten) Tom Gormican, who can’t help but fake Cage’s rightful home, Hollywood. if The unbearable weight of massive talent has a longer shelf life than a parody because Gormican has a lot of fun blasting Cage’s oversized ego behind the scenes while creating the star-powered vehicle chasing his character with an exotic thriller and a winning buddy film.
The prologue is a case in point. Maria (Katrin Vankova), the soon-to-be-kidnapped daughter of a Catalan politician who walks a crime-fighting platform, is at home while her boyfriend looks on Con Air after order to take away. “This guy is amazing,” enthuses Maria as the long-haired, scruffy prisoner-turned-hero presents a teddy bear to his wary little daughter. “A living legend,” says her boyfriend – his last words before opening the door to the kidnappers.
Back in Los Angeles, however, Cage feels more like a dying legend than a living one. In search of the role of his life, he mugs the director he previously worked for and insists on doing a “reading,” though both acknowledge it’s something “stars” never do.
Bad idea. Cage uses his form of method acting known as “Nouveau Shamanic,” which Cage says is inspired by parallels between writings about ancient shamans and Thesbanes. Examples of Cage’s flamboyant style can be seen in Lord of War, Rage, The Wicker Man, Gone in 60 Secondsand great although it is precisely this style that makes the difference when used by a good director Mandy and Bad lieutenant so convincing. That the embarrassed director will be played by David Gordon Green, who directed Cage yeah 2013 is an example of how Gormican maintains the ‘behind the scenes’ appearance of this madcap tale of a movie star’s crisis of faith.
A visit to a therapist shows Cage in denial about the impact his work-obsessed life has had on his 16-year-old daughter Addy (Lily Mo Sheen) and now-ex-wife Olivia (Sharon Horgan). Contrasted with the version of himself played by Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme in his parody meta-comedy JCVDCage isn’t short of work, but he’s passed over for the roles he wants. Then we hear Addy complain that her career is all her father ever talked about, and she silently endured the ritual of watching old movies with him.
After a chance to redeem himself at Addy’s birthday party goes awry and he doesn’t get the job, Cage decides to retire. His agent (Neil Patrick Harris) has a better idea, especially since Cage needs a million dollars — and we need to know how mega-fan Maria is being linked to Nicolas Cage’s existential identity crisis.
All Cage has to do is fly first class, all expenses to Mallorca (the film was shot in Croatia) as the guest of honor at billionaire playboy Javi Gutierrez’s birthday party (Pedro Pascal, Wonder Woman 1984). When Maria is attracted to Cage, Javi is smitten. He’s also a movie buff and bugs Cage (rolls his eyes to heaven), who gets this all the time, with ideas for a movie collaboration based on a screenplay he wrote.
Just as Cage is quick to regret his vacation to paradise, Javi takes Cage “sightseeing”, complete with a drug trip and more fun for Cage to remember. But where the two really connect is their shared love of the movies, including The cabinet of Dr. Caligari and paddington 2which Cage had never seen but quickly embraced.
What raises this bromance above par is the incredible chemistry between the two actors and the genuine humor in their drug-fueled antics that invites the audience to join in the fun. A hilarious sequence in which the paranoid friends are convinced that two men talking on a bench are after them leads to a great physical comedy about a collapsed wall.
But the paranoid has a basis in reality. Cage himself is kidnapped by CIA agent Martin Etten (like the co-writer), played by Ike Barinholtz and Vivian (Tiffany Haddish). They suspect Javi is the leader of an illegal arms trafficking cartel and that his gang, naturally opposed to their anti-corruption candidate father, is hoping the kidnapping will force their father out. Meanwhile, Javi invites Olivia and Addy to the island to reconcile them, just as Javi’s ruthless cousin, armed with proof that Cage is a CIA agent, forces Javi to take him out.
As the title suggests, the film is a self-referential parody of Cage and the Hollywood film industry in which he played a larger-than-life role — until The unbearable weight of massive talent tried to shorten it. But since Cage really is a huge talent, more than spoofing happens.
You don’t have to be a Nicholas Cage fan to enjoy the film, but think back to his fruitful and varied career and how can anyone not be a fan, or at least appreciate his talent? Despite being a nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, Cage had to earn his role rumble fish and Peggy Sue got married and even changed his name to avoid nepotism. He definitely deserved his Oscar leave Las Vegas and the praise for moonstruck and Bad Lieutenant: Port of call New OrleansWerner Herzog’s extraordinary adaptation of Abel Ferrara’s 1992 film.
There is hardly a trace of exaggeration in Spike Jonze adjustment, another metamovie in which Cage plays both real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and his brother Donald as Charlie tries to overcome writer’s block to adapt a fictional book. We can think of “Nicky” here as the equivalent of Donald Kaufman adjustmentbut Nicky seems to be more of an afterthought The unbearable weight of massive talentand he disappears and with Pedro Pascal’s terrific performance as Cage’s new fan, friend and collaborator, he will not be missed.
Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal make this crazy meta parody a lot of fun.
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