The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

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This is the most Nicolas Cage film to ever exist. Directed by Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment, nope me neither), this charmingly bonkers flick sees Nicolas Cage in his most challenging role yet – himself! Nick Cage’s career, marriage and relationship with his daughter are all on the rocks – after being turned down for a film role and vowing to retire, he decides to accept a $1M offer to be the guest of honour at fan Javi’s (Pedro Pascal) birthday party. What’s the worst that can happen hey…

A lot, as it turns out. The mafia, the CIA, shootouts, fist fights, car chases, drunken hijinks, kidnapping and lots of references to Mr Cage’s career are all present in this loveably madcap action comedy. There are even conversations, Face Offs if you will, between him and his younger and more successful self ‘Nicky’ – based on this infamous appearance on the Wogan show in 1990. It has a soft core to it as well and is surprisingly touching, with a heartwarming, if slightly corny, ending. 

Nicolas Cage is in his element here, as an unrestrained and slightly loopy version of himself. The best bit of the film, and possibly the star attraction, is Pedro Pascal’s (Game of Thrones) Javi. The bromance between the crazy cage and the gushing, oh my god I can’t believe it, fanboy Javi is the glue that holds the film together. 

Unbearable Weight is a fast paced action comedy, with a bonkers sense of fun, meta humour, a budding bromance and heartwarming moments. It does not take itself seriously, and it is all the better for it.


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