THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT (2022)
Ridiculously silly and a Nicolas Cage fan’s dream come true, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is altogether funny, meta, self-referential, and slightly obnoxious all wrapped into one film that ends up being a showcase yes for Cage, but also the fantastic Pedro Pascal.
Nicolas Cage (Nicolas Cage) accepts a $1 million offer to attend the birthday party of dangerous superfan Javi (Pedro Pascal) where he winds up working for the CIA to find a kidnapped person. If you love whacky and crazy Nic Cage, Massive Talent is the film for you. Between this fictionalized version of the star and the younger version he sees in his head, references to the actor’s past films fly left and right. To be clear, this is a downright goofy movie and everyone involved knows it, leading to an authentic charm that, for the most part, lifts Tom Gormican and Kevin Etten’s smart and creative script. The scene stealer here is Pascal, delightfully charming as the purported cartel kingpin who also heaps praise onto Cage at every turn, ensnaring the veteran actor in his orbit. Though Tiffany Haddish and Neil Patrick Harris are also quite funny in their roles, they are underutilized and largely absent. Sharon Horgan, on the other hand, is the perfect opposite for Cage, playing his ex-wife.
The story is incredibly meta, a film about film where they talk about making a film and maybe will make a film. It has a lot of self-indulgent moments that ultimately slow the pace down a bit too slow for my liking, but then it flips the script and hits you with belly laugh-worthy bouts of comedy. For as strange a film as this is, Gormican brings it all together and has everyone playing ball for the same team. Massive Talent is a tight, albeit looney film that works for the target audience (of which I am not a part). It’s good original fun and mindless entertainment, much needed at times like this.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent hits theaters on Friday.
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