The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nicolas Cage is our favorite actor. Why would we love Nicolas Cage? As the main character Of Be AngryOne of his many was? bad-or-at-leastBaddish latter-dayFilms It’s where he lives.SAmber Heard in conversationNic Has gone to Hell for usEach return Time with at most a few scorched Entertainment crumbsSometimes, even more. This was the only year that it happened Three new films were created by him. One, The Ghostland PrisonersA hookup with Japanese cult director Sion Sono, Was It’s a horror movie, in a kind of western. Terrible. Yet another, Willy’s WonderlAnd, aKind ofNic starred in an animatronic slasher film The janitor in a demon-infested funhouse, Was atThe veryIt’s not boring. The third is Pig, A Sweet Story About a Backwoods truffle hermit,Was Reminder To never, ever give Nic Cage up.

Nic’s latest, Massive Talent’s Unbearable MassThis is an important reminder keep remembering that.Two authors wrote this article Nic nerds, Kevin Etten, Tom Gormican(also directed). An unbearable weightUses the highs and Other than thatOf Cage’s forty-year career in film and The Gaudy Financial tribulations in his private life to concoct A shoot-and-goShouteAction film – of the kind in which the actor himself Once loomed large at Think about the global box office Con Air, Face/Off, The Rock, etc.).You don’t have to be  

We meet the “Nick Cage”, a distinctive symbol of his intelligenceRe is an insufferable character. His once-plentiful Big-league Movie gigs have dried up and he’s also broke—Hollywood was bankrupt. It is possible to read between The lines are here. Knowing from nonstop tabloid reportsOver the last decadeSo or soThe CageHe was convinced by Rumblings Starting atThe IRSTo whichMultimillions in debt he owed in order to get rid of many of his belongings most onerous possessions—the BavarianCastleIt is a Caribbean island.TheCollection of RollS-RoycesThese are the yachts that make up the Gulfstream jet. You can also start making bad movies back to back-to-backMany of these are available for purchase. Straight into theVOD streAming.

Here is where we meet “Nick”. An unbearable weight. The actor in this version drinks too much a person who has been alienatedTeenage daughter (Lily Mo Sheen). And a still-Care ex-wife (Sharon Horgan). He has an agent. (An amusingly soulless Neil Patrick Harris)Who keeps on pointing? out that Nick has been making too many small-time movies, and not enough money from them. However, a potentially lucrative offer has just come in—a request from a billionaire superfan to attend his birthday party on the sunny Spanishisland of Mallorca, in the flesh, for a very cool $1 million. Cage has little choice but to accept.

Upon Nick’s arrival on the island, where he’s greeted by two bumbly CIA agents (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz), the movie begins turning into a traditional tale of international intrigue. The spooks tell Nick that his birthday-boy host, Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal), is an international arms dealer who needs to be taken down. Nick becomes conflicted about this, since Javi turnsout to be a sweet guy—and such a huge Nick Cage fan! He’s even turned one room of his swank clifftop home into an elaborate Nick Cage temple, filled with photos and memorabilia. (“Is This the Mandy chainsaw?” Nick asks, being shown around.) Unfortunately, Javi also has an idea for a movie, and he’s already written a script, and of course he wants Nick to read it and see if…you know.

The structure of the story allows for a steady stream of Cage movie refErences, from Gone in 60 Seconds and National Treasure to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the incomparable Wicker Man (“Not the bees!“).There’s also a running Paddington 2 gag that eventually pays off quite cutely without making us choke.

Limited by the lack of a true money-burning blockbuster budget, the filmmakers nevertheless do a creditable job The following are the requiSite car chaSes and explosions and lonGform bullet blizzards, although little of it quite rises to the level of its big-time cinematic models. Which doesn’t matter, actually. The real story here is the affectionate friendship between Nick And Javi—and the comedic ease with which Cage and Pascal swat their genial comedic lines back and forth. We can see that “Nick” is having fun—and maybe Nick,Too: “Spycraft, subterfuge—I can see me doin‘ more of thIs.”