Movie Review: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)

Synopsis: Actor Nicolas Cage is facing financial hardship, is in the middle of a divorce and is struggling to connect with his teenage daughter. After getting turned down for a coveted movie role, he reluctantly accepts $1 million to attend a superfan's birthday party on the island nation of Majorca only to have the CIA enlist his help because his host, Javi, is a suspected arms dealer who may have kidnapped a politician's daughter.

Who's in it? The movie stars Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Horgan and Lily Mo Sheen.

Review: Since my wife is a big Nick Cage fan, I added this movie to our library when it first became available. However, both of us were a bit undecided about it and ultimately didn't get around to watching it until this evening. After seeing it, I have to admit it was a lot better than I was expecting.

I've been trying to think of a good way to describe this movie but have finally admitted to myself I just don't know how to do it justice. It is a very strange film that may not be for everyone but, if you can get past the somewhat slow (and a bit depressing) first half hour, it does manage to be a surprisingly funny film.

I think the thing I liked best about this movie is how Cage's "real life" event mimicked what he and his superfan/friend Havi (Pascal) were discussing for a potential film collaboration, whether it was the emotional bonding between the two main characters or the drug-inspired chase scene about midway through. My wife and I were laughing pretty darn hard at the latter one, especially the scene involving them trying to climb over a wall.

Another thing I liked about this movie was it wasn't even close to being predictable. This is because there were just so many twists, ranging from his family being brought to the island (and not even for a sinister reason, though it did put their lives in danger) to a last-second bad guy who created a whole mess of action and suspense. It was a bit like riding on an emotional roller coaster and I enjoyed every moment of that ride.

Final Opinion: I didn't know if we would like this movie, but it ended up being one of the funnier films we've watched this year. I highly recommend it, especially if you're a Nick Cage fan.

My Grade: A


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