As the Covid numbers started to go down I made my first tentative steps towards the cinema. I probably would have waited a bit longer but when a Nicolas Cage movie with an unusual premise calls, well you just have to go.
When we first see the highly neurotic Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage) he’s living in a hotel and hanging out for his next gig. There’s a movie he really wants. When that doesn’t come off his agent Richard Fink (Neil Patrick Harris) reminds him that he has some big debts to pay. There is one thing he can do.
A wealthy fan Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal) invites Cage to his birthday party and he’s willing to pay $1 million dollars to get him there. Reluctantly Nick agrees and flies out on a private jet to the palatial island setting.
At the same time, the daughter of another wealthy businessman is taken hostage while watching a Nicolas Cage movie.
Things take a turn as soon as Nick lands on the island when CIA agent Vivan (Tiffany Haddish), expecting someone else to get off the plane, recruit him for an unusual mission.
What follows is a hilarious twisting tale that sees Cage channel his most iconic and beloved characters to save himself and his loved ones.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a hilarious movie within a movie that will keep you wondering about what’s going on, but not in a bad way. Cage is brilliant to watch as usual. Pascoe is equally, if not more enthralling, you will fall in love with Javi, but should you? It was nice to see Sharon Horgan as Nick’s wife Olivia.
It’s not often these days that you get a premise you’ve never heard before and this is a good one. I’m so pleased I saw this in the cinema, there’s something about laughing along with a room of strangers. There’s a little patch that falls away slightly but that can be overlooked given the rest of the movie. I actually look forward to watching this again now I’ve seen the ending. Thank you Nick Cage for not retiring.
Watch: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Trailer
For more information go to Event Cinema. In cinemas from April 21.