‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ Review

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a massively entertaining film featuring a fantastic performance by Nicolas Cage.

CREDIT: Lionsgate


For the past decade, legendary actor Nicolas Cage has been involved in some of his most captivating pieces of work. In 2018, Nicolas Cage gave us what I believe to be his best performance yet in Mandy. Three years later he gives us another one of his best performances that should have been nominated for an Academy Award in Pig. Overall, Nicolas Cage has been stacking up his best work and has been finding his way back into the zeitgeist. Seeing as the film also includes both Tiffany Haddish and Pedro Pascal, I was excited to watch the film. Now, how did the Nick Cage film where Nicolas Cage plays himself hold up?

In The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Nick Cage himself is caught at a crossroads as he tries to find the next best role for himself or retire. After failing to get a role he so desperately wanted he agrees to do a birthday gig his agent played Neil Patrick Harris lined up for him. Things are not easy at home either, as his relationship with his ex-wife Olivia (Sharon Horgan) is deteriorating along with his relationship with his daughter Addy (Lily Sheen). Nicolas Cage is being pressured by the ghost of himself to remain the movie star he is and forget about branching outside of what he is used to. Cage travels to an island to do this birthday gig for a billionaire Nick Cage superfan, Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal), but soon Cage realizes things are not as they seem. Soon after, Cage finds himself helping CIA agents played by Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz to capture Guttierrez who is believed to have kidnapped a politician’s daughter named Maria (Katrin Vankova).

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent excels in being everything it needs to be, a fun action-comedy. Tom Gormican directs an entertaining film from a script written by him and Kevin Etten. The film is not your masterclass of filmmaking but makes it up with some stellar chemistry between the cast especially the dynamic between Pedro Pascal and Nicolas Cage. The film is wholeheartedly a massively entertaining time at the movies, no pun intended. You feel that Nicolas Cage gives his all hopefully proving everyone wrong that even in movies where he plays himself he is still giving one hundred percent. Some characters don’t feel as fleshed out and overall the rushed third act is a bit convoluted. I still find myself intrigued and pulled right back into the film. If anything this picture is here to remind us that Nicolas Cage is back even though he never left.

Watch The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent in theaters.

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