Review: Nicolas Cage in ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’
by Manuel Sao Bento
April 26, 2022
More often than not, good actors end up with a “bad” reputation due to their “less entertaining” cinema projects, and the opposite is also possible, albeit in fewer numbers. The truth is that the general idea that literally all Hollywood celebrities live above-average lives without financial, personal or family problems is somewhat misleading. Nicholas Cage is a perfect example of an incredibly talented actor who, due to the obstacles life faced him, was “forced” to take part in “smaller jobs” to solve complicated situations. Author / director Tom Gormican’s film The unbearable weight of massive talent is the essential tribute to the iconic career of a person who has always managed to lift films he has been in.
Directed by Tom Gormican and written by Gormican and Kevin Etten, The unbearable weight of massive talent can be described using adjectives that flawlessly define Cage’s filmography and qualities. It contains a story that is as absurd as it is funny, filled with ridiculously irrational moments that nonetheless offer tremendous entertainment value. Relying on the protagonist’s brilliantly impressive overplay to capture viewers from start to finish, Gormican Cage takes through the ups and downs of his career, packing the film with brilliant references to past works as well as many of his beloved characters and memorable dialogues.
However, the biggest highlight at Huge talent is the tangible, extremely fun chemistry between Cage and Pedro Pascal. The two friends from real life meet in a film where creative freedom and improvisation are both necessary and remarkable, as is the dedication and delivery of each actor. Their interactions are fascinating and cause a lot of laughter in the audience. Seeing the two characters become happy with each other because of their passion for film gives a somewhat joyful feeling to viewers who also intensely live this art. As much as Pascal is amazing as Javi, a Cage fanboy who dreams of making a movie with the superstar, only Nicolas Cage could play Nick Cage in the insane, expressive, enthusiastic way this “character” deserves.
If there is one thing that can never be used to attack the actor, it is his unique commitment to every single role he has accepted throughout his career. I wish most actors in Hollywood had the same devotion and love for the respective art that Cage has. Huge talent is truly a love letter to someone who has given everything to movies but unfortunately is not as recognized or respected (anymore) as they certainly deserve to be. Seeing Ripley from Wild at heart as a fragment of Cage’s imagination is the best viewers will get when it comes to career references, but there is also a crazy “collector” moment that takes the audience through the masterpieces and unknown gems in his filmography, which I hope will bring some extra curiosity.
As for the question in the minds of some readers: for those who are not familiar with the work of the actor (is it at all possible with so many movies ?!), one can still enjoy Huge talent? Not as much as others, but there is enough entertainment to delight cinemagoers with less knowledge about Cage’s life / career. Aside from a subplot involving CIA agents that proves useless and uninteresting, the script actually contains some surprising elements, whereas some clichés and formulas are used on purpose when linked to some of the actor’s past. It is, in fact, a “character-driven” film, just as the two main characters wanted their dream project to be.
Gormicans The unbearable weight of massive talent is an admirable tribute to one of the most iconic actors of his generation: Nicolas Cage. A hilarious, absurd journey through a career filled with unforgettable gems, this film is just as ridiculous with no creative limitations. From the many delicious references to previous works and his many characters, to the phenomenal chemistry between Pascal and Cage, it can be more complicated for viewers unfamiliar with Cage’s life and filmography to get carried away by the chaotic, natural excessive atmosphere. Either way, it’s worth the ticket to see Cage play himself. Endless entertainment for fans of a pure talent that deserves much, much more recognition.
Manual rating: B + (on the AF scale)
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