THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan, Lily Mo Sheen, Ike Barinholtz, Alessandra Mastronardi, Paco León, and Neil Patrick Harris
Director: Tom Gormican
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is surprisingly successful as a commentary on ego v. family, a buddy comedy, a pseudo-spy actioner, and most importantly, a celebration of Hollywood icon Nic Cage. The This is the End meets Tropic Thunder meta take on “The Legend of Cage” works so well because Cage allows himself to be the butt of the joke, which brings some humanity to a man mostly referenced for his eccentricities. That said, I’m slightly disappointed that it didn’t go deeper with the Cage homages, but that has more to do with my own expectations than anything else. It’s still a fun ride.
Don’t let The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent fool you. What seems to be a film made solely for Nic Cage fans is actually a hilarious meta take on a narcissistic actor, which Cage plays perfectly thanks to his ability to poke fun at himself. He’s joined by Pedro Pascal (with yet another great comedic performance), and the chemistry between the two is undeniable. This film is a ton of fun. Even if you aren’t a Cage fan, you’ll still be able to enjoy this. And if you are one? You know exactly what you’re going to get: NIC FUCKINNNNNNNNN’ CAGE.
The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent is a heartfelt and hilarious love letter to the man, the meme, the legend himself, Nicolas Cage. Who would have guessed Cage playing himself would become my favorite of his roles? He and Pedro Pascal are a brilliant comedic duo that will have you chuckling nonstop throughout the film because their chemistry is through the roof. Yes, the film is very meta, outrageous, and absurd, but this bromance comedy is destined to become a cult classic!
The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent is a love letter not just to the man, the myth, the legend Nicolas Cage, but also a love letter to film fans. The movie didn’t elicit as many laughs as I would’ve hoped for, but there are still enough to make it a complete blast. Cage goes full parody mode in glorious Cage fashion, playing into the mythology around him perfectly. He and Pedro Pascal have pretty awesome chemistry together too, making the buddy aspect of this film both funny and really sweet. It’s an undeniably fun time at the movies.
A proper class in meta-comic filmmaking, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is one of the year’s greatest joys in moviegoing, especially for fans of Nicolas Cage. Cage owns every second of screen time in this pseudo-buddy comedy about family, career, movie-loving, and fandom. The script is chock full of references to Cage films, but other beloved works of Hollywood as well (a Paddington 2 joke stands out as one of its great moments). Cage’s career renaissance is well underway, and if this reverent film is any indication, one of Hollywood’s greatest actors is truly back – not that he went anywhere.
The legend of Nic Cage is mythical, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent understands that legend. It’s as particular and unique as the actor himself, with its self-awareness being the deciding factor in whether you enjoy the Cageness of it all. Pedro Pascal and Cage’s chemistry is palpable, and their sweet buddy-cop storyline helps to acclimate you into the self-referential ridiculousness. Massive Talent won’t be for everyone, but this meta take on the undeniable singularity of one Nic Cage is a fun time if you just ride the wave.