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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent - Nicholas Cage's Comeback?

Updated: Sep 14, 2023

The other day I managed to convince one of my friends to go to a screening of this Nicholas Cage movie that was weird right from the title. True to the persona of Francis Ford Coppola's famous nephew, "The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent" was an enigma that unfurled in our brains long after the movie ended. It was strange, surreal, and had dialogue that fluctuated from whispers to shouts giving us plenty of time to try and digest the seemingly simple plot.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Welcome to the Dojo of my mind - Nick Cage

Plot: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

In a last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, a fictionalized version (not by much I'd imagine!) of Nicholas Cage accepts an offer from an eccentric fan based out of Majorca, Spain, and attends his birthday party for a cool million USD.

While the plot can be summarized in a single sentence, the execution of the said plot is far from simple. The director Tom Gormican dives deep into what we all imagine Nick Cage's mind would be like and gives us this trippy, half-conscious perception of reality around him. Some scenes depicting Nick Cage's supposed narcissism are truly bizarre, slow, and torturous. I could barely stay awake in the first half of this movie with Gormican dragging Cage's weirdness like a metal pipe scraping the floor with a dull menace.

All those comments in pop culture about Cage begin to coalesce in this movie, like in a movie or series where this person asks if Cage was the interior decorator of a truly hideous and gaudy home. There are also Simon Helberg's impressions, Cage being synonymous with anything that is inexplicable in terms of human behavior and more.

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Cast and Characters

The two characters that get a lion's share of the screentime are Cage as himself and Pedro Pascal as Javi, the shady eccentric. The movie is basically an ode to their friendship that forms over the period of a couple of days which starts off slow but breaks out into some entertaining action scenes.

Should You Watch It? - At Your Own Risk!

If you are not a hardcore fan of Nicholas Cage, not high, or have a low threshold for weirdness should steer clear of this movie as it WILL hurt your brain, or put you to sleep. For anyone who enjoys watching movies that feel like magic mushrooms and make as much sense, and of course long-term Cage fans - go ahead, this is your movie.

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