I haven’t seen a film as creative and funny as The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent in a long time. It totally rocks, and is destined to be a classic!
I’m a big fan of Nicholas Cage’s films, ranging from Moonstruck (1987), Wild at Heart (1990), and Leaving Las Vegas(1995), to Matchstick Men (2003) and The Weatherman (2005). But it’s been a while since Cage had a big hit, and I would call The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talenthis epic comeback. Some may view the setup of the film as quirky, but I would call it unique, unpredictable and, again, just very creative.
The best part of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is that Cage plays himself—sort of. He goes by Nick Cage, a very successful actor who is offered a million dollars to appear at a birthday party for a huge fan, the incredibly wealthy Javi Gutierrez, played by Pedro Pascal. Cage’s agent is Richard Fink, played by Neil Patrick Harris. Cage needs the money, so he agrees to the appearance. But the event takes an unexpected turn when it is revealed that Gutierrez is an arms dealer who is being pursued by the CIA, causing Cage’s family, including his daughter Addy, played by Lily Mo Sheen, to fall into grave danger.
To get himself and his family out of the very dangerous situation they find themselves in, Cage takes on the persona of some of his most well known roles from previous films. This is where the creativity of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent goes off the charts. The film becomes a journey of Cage revisiting his old acting roles blended with a fictionalized and brilliant plot.
Cage is known for his sporadic outbursts that are whacky, intense, and entertaining, and there is a whole lot of that in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. Simply put, Cage’s performance is superb. His method is stylized and witty, and the film is just incredibly funny. I laughed until my lungs hurt.
Go see The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. It is an unforgettable film that takes its audience on an unparalleled, nostalgic, and extremely entertaining journey. It is one of the best films I have seen this year. Four stars for The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.