The Role of a Lifetime. 4 / 5
Directed by Tom Gormican.
Nick Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan. Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative and forced to live up to his own legend, channeling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones.
A meta and reflective look into the wild career of Nicolas Cage, with one of the best film titles in years - The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a hilarious blending of Hollywood fact and fiction with the chaotic energy that only Cage can bring to the screen.
Cage plays himself in a self-critical look at his lifestyle and his love for filmmaking that slowly morphs into an absurd action flick that audiences have come to know him best for.
The on-screen friendship that Cage and Pedro Pascal build is where the film really shines, giving them both the chance to stretch their comedic muscles and strengthen their incredible chemistry together; I could have watched a film of just this.
The plot quickly falls into cliches but that, I hope, is kind of the point. But, Paddington plays an important story beat so it's hard not to give it 5 stars just for that.
Smashing genres together with a self-aware glint in its eye, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a brilliant tribute to one of Hollywood's most iconic names whilst being a hilarious adventure in itself. I wish it doubled down on the insanity as it felt that it only scratched the surface of what Cage could pull off.