The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nicolas Cage has been doing some really solid work lately. So much so that I have heard that we may be in a brand new Nic Cage-naissance. Pig, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Mandy, Mom and Dad are just a few of the movies that Nic Cage has excelled in in the last few years.

Now, he has gotten the role he was born to play…literally.

Nicolas Cage played a cash strapped Nicolas Cage in this movie, who was desperate for a movie role that he did not get. Because of this, Nick accepted a weird job from his agent Fink (Neil Patrick Harris): a birthday party for a super-fan, Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal).

The problem… the CIA seemed to believe that Javi was a criminal lord and he had kidnapped the daughter of a political figure to force him out of an election. The CIA agents Vivian (Tiffany Haddish) and Martin (Ike Barinholtz) grabbed Nick and convinced him to spy on Javi.

However, the problems were not finished because Nick and Javi bonded quickly over their love for movies and the one subject that they both loved above just about anything else…Nic Cage.

I had been really looking forward to this movie from the first trailer and it did not disappoint. I was totally thrilled with the film, its story was fun and creative, the acting was top notch and it was legitimately funny.

Nic Cage was outstanding as the fictionalized version of Nick “M-Fing” Cage, but, matching him every step of the way was Pedro Pascal, whose Javi was the driving force behind all of the comedy that was happening. Pascal just knocked it out of the park. These two actors absolutely crushed it and their chemistry together made this film. I had no trouble believing that they were the ultimate bromance.

The scenery was gorgeous and the action scenes were decent. They all fit into the story and the characters. The side actors did a solid job. This was one of the more subdued performances from Tiffany Haddish, which I truly appreciated.

There were so many allusions to past Nic Cage movies that I realized how little I actually knew about Cage’s oeuvre. I bet it would have been funnier still if I understood some of the references made.

I was thoroughly entertained by The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. I was never once bored and the movie grabbed my attention and kept me engaged from the beginning to the credits. It is one of the best movies I have seen so far in 2022.

5 stars

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