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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

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Thoughts

Funny, smart and filled with crowd-pleasing self-referential humour, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a rewarding meta success.

The film allows actor Nicolas Cage the chance to explore his cinematic mythology and gonzo style of acting. Cage excels alongside a pitch-perfect Pedro Pascal treating the audience to a series of high-energy, absurdist encounters. The film's brisk pace and light tone balance the more surreal elements of the plot and, perhaps unfortunately, reign in an enigmatic Cage. The fictionalized version of the real-life actor may not live up to expectation, but Cage's commitment and earnest self-reflection is a pleasure.

The final product, however, leaves you feeling there was more rich potential to mine. The many cinematic references merely tease, and as the lines between fiction and reality blur, you yearn for more unhinged Cage madness and self-aware humour. Despite this the film satisfies and opens the door for further meta-Cage outings.


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Verdict

3.5/5

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