Nicholas Cage, the actor behind incredible roles in films such as Face-Off, Con Air, Ghost Rider, Leaving Las Vegas, Kick-Ass, and so many more takes on his most challenging role yet. HIMSELF!
That’s right, Nick Cage plays Nick Cage in this comedy/action-adventure, entitled The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which shows us what I certainly hope is a parody of the real-life actor. Joining him are talents such as Pedro Pascal, Neal Patrick Harris, Demi Moore, and many more.
The fictitious version of Nick Cage is facing a major slump in his career and agrees to appear at a billionaire’s birthday party for the sum of one million dollars. The billionaire, played by the multi-talented and not just a Mandalorian Pedro Pascal, is a super-fan who befriends Cage and wants to help him get back into the limelight. Unfortunately, this billionaire is being watched by the CIA as they have determined he’s a drug kingpin behind the kidnapping of the daughter of a presidential candidate for a nearby country. Cage becomes their agent behind enemy lines.
Can Nicholas Cage pull off such an outrageous concept? Absolutely!
This movie doesn’t take itself (or Cage) too seriously, and the performances are equal parts hilarious and touching! Cage is over-the-top and that works perfectly for this movie. Pedro Pascal channeled his inner geek and gave a performance that evoked the majority of comic convention attendees faced with their favorite star.
The movie did start a little slow showing the depths to which “Cage” sunk and his family problems. At times his idiocy was a bit painful to watch. But once he takes the job, the movie flows and the chemistry between Cage and Pascal is palpable.
It has twists and turns and is definitely a fun ride.
Check out The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent in theaters now. It definitely gets two thumbs up from me.