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  • Writer's pictureFiona Prior

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Updated: May 2, 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Director: Tom Gormican

Were I a Nicolas Cage fan I would probably have liked this film more. Unfortunately, after about five minutes of screen time I realised I am most definitely not a fan.

I did love him in David Lynch’s 1990 ‘Wild at Heart’, where he starred with Laura Dern, but quite obviously Cage fell off my radar shortly after this.

Why did I go to see ‘The unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’? I saw some rushes and I thought it would be fun. It looked a bit like a send up of ‘Being John Malkovitch’ (it wasn’t) merged with a tongue-in-cheek action comedy. If it had starred John Malkovitch I would have loved it. The problem was the irritating Nicolas Cage.

The premise of ‘The unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ is that a gangster hires actor ‘Nick’ Cage to be himself and attend his birthday party. The two men bond and begin to create a script together starring (you guessed it) Nick Cage, while, and at the same time, the FBI recruit Cage to spy on the gangster’s home. Yep, it is another one of these multi-dimensional filmic storylines.

Pedro Pascal with his flashing smile is irresistible as the fabulously rich gangster boss who owns an island but Nicolas Cages’ betrayal of Nick Cage is simply annoying … Cage is either a a bit of a dickhead or playing a Nick Cage as a bit of a dickhead. Either way, 'dickhead' prevail.

Please note, if you do like Nicolas Cage you will love ‘The unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ :)

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