Friday, April 29, 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is insane, in mostly good ways. I'm not sure it's the most Nicolas Cage movie ever, but it's not from lack of trying. Nicolas Cage stars as himself in a ridiculous adventure comedy that finds the actor during a downturn in his career accepting $1 million to attend a fan's (Pedro Pascal) birthday party only to become pulled into a kidnapping case by the CIA.

Cage, playing a larger-than-life version of himself selfishly driven to be a movie star at the cost of his marriage to his ex-wife (Sharon Horgan) and his strained relationship with his estranged daughter (Lily Mo Sheen), is terrific here. Pascal is an inspired choice for the super-fan who, despite the warnings from the CIA, quickly becomes Cage's best-friend as his undercover mission becomes all the more complicated. A celebration of Cage's career and eccentricities with nods to numerous films, one could argue it's the most professional fan film ever produced.

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  • Title: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  • IMDb: link

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