By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
If Nicolas Cage
("Pig") was angling for a comeback, then he certainly has arrived with his new movie, "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent."
Plus, with so many sequels, prequels and reboots out there, this offering is clever, funny, and just wildly entertaining.
Directed and written by Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten,
(TV's "Ghosted"), "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" features Cage ("Pig") as a fictionalized version of himself. Young, old, you name it, he plays it to the hilt here.
This is the movie for Nicolas Cage fans who know and appreciate all his lines from "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Face/Off," "Con Air" and "Raising Arizona." It is also a movie that pays homage to movies in general, including "Paddington 2." Seriously. "Paddington 2."
In "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" Nicolas is having a bit of a meltdown. The movie roles are not as plentiful as they used to be and he's feeling like a has-been. His diminishing star power is affecting his relationships with his teen daughter Addy (Lily Mo Sheen, "Everybody's Fine") who is really embarrassed by her father's narcissistic behavior--and his ex-wife Olivia (a funny Sharon Horgan, TV's "HouseBroken").
Even his agent, Richard Fink, (Neil Patrick Harris, "The Matrix Resurrections") is fighting off his creditors and thought Nicolas would land a plum role he was setting up, but it fell through.
Now, Nicolas is about to quit acting for good.
The only lucrative offer for Nicolas comes from one of his biggest fans named Javi Gutierrez (a terrific Pedro Pascal, TV's "The Mandalorian"). Javi is a billionaire living in Spain and wants to pay Nicolas $1 million to hang out with him at his birthday party.
It is so demeaning for Nicolas, but he desperately needs the money and decides to go along and get the check. Javi is thrilled to meet his long-time idol. Nicolas warms up to Javi, especially when he discovers the guy has a movie room filled with all sorts of his movie memorabilia, including a life-sized statue of him.
Of course, nothing is ever as it seems, and no one knows this better than Nicolas. He soon finds himself lured into a dangerous CIA operation led by agents Vivian (a funny Tiffany Haddish, "The Card Counter" and TV's "The Afterparty") and Martin (Ike Barinholtz, TV's "The Afterparty").
They have been tipped off that Javi is running a criminal organization along with his crazed brother, Lucas (Paco Leon, "You Keep the Kids"). Since Nicolas is already "in," they believe he could be a huge help bringing down Javi and locating the daughter of a prominent Spanish politician who is kidnapped. The plan is to convince Javi to collaborate with him on a screenplay. Turns out, the characters they concoct for their movie, are part of this
That's when "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" just goes bonkers. It's a blast to watch Cage and Pascal revel in their roles. They are fantastic together and really make this self-referential meta-comedy massive fun.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.