Pig (2021) movie review
Pig is a small-scale drama/thriller starring Nicolas Cage as a farmer who sets out to find his truffle pig after it was kidnapped. Aiding him is Alex Wolff as a young entrepreneur making his start in the restaurant business. Pig was released this past weekend to strong reviews from critics and audiences, despite only opening in 10th place at the box office.
Never heard of Pig? Well there’s a reason that I chose to talk about Pig before Escape Room 2, Gunpowder Milkshake, and the Fear Street movies. Because Pig is probably one of the best films of 2021, and if you haven’t seen it, I think it’s worth looking in to. Pig is very much an independent drama, so if you are expecting John Wick (2014), you may need to settle down a bit. That said, if you take a dash of John Wick, add some Ratatouille (2007), and blend it together with a very healthy dose of character building and surprisingly effective emotional beats, you get Pig.
Now the story really took me by surprise, so much so that I don’t want to give away where this film goes. That said, Pig takes a very interesting look at the choices people make and how those choices define their lives for better or worse. And wow does this theme stick! Both Cage and Wolff play intricate and deep characters who start the film with very personal and simple goals. Along the way however, as we learn more about Cage’s past, we see the two grow as characters. Wolff’s character especially goes through an emotionally investing change that really shows the depth that this fairly unknown writer/director combination (Michael Sarnoski and Vanessa Block) managed to pull off! I legitimately hope to see Pig receive an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay.
Another thing that really makes this film is, oddly enough, Nicolas Cage! Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage hasn’t turned out many good films lately. And even in some of his better films, he’s not particularly great in them. Somehow, Pig hits every single note for Cage to deliver a complex and gripping performance! Honestly, this is one of Nicolas Cage’s greatest performances to date, and it makes the film worth watching. Alex Wolff also sells his roll so well that I didn’t know it was him until the credits. It might just be his tiny mustache, but I think he too did a really great job in this film!
And, as you might expect, almost everything else in this film really works. The score from Alexis Grapsas and Philip Klein is simply but immersive, Patrick Scola’s cinematography is really sharp, and the makeup and hairstyling is probably the unsung hero of the film. Not often do you see a character get hurt and look like they got hurt a few hours ago in movie time. They are just suddenly better. (Okay I know that’s not fair, but my point was to praise the makeup continuity.) Plus, for only 90 minutes and a slow-burn second act, Pig flies by! (That’s not a ‘when pigs fly’ joke.)
Did I mention how moving this film gets? Gosh Pig is just really great! After weeks of big, dumb blockbusters, and during the same weekend that the dumbest of all the blockbusters came out, we were given Pig. And boy what a breath of fresh air this film was. It delivers on the promise of a compelling premise brought to life through truly great performances, with the added kick of a magnificently emotional story at its core. I really loved this movie, and I think (unless you just have little dramas) Pig is a must see! 8/10.
So Pig? Did you see it yet? What did you think? And tell us what we should review next, because we have a ton to get through and not a whole lot of time to do it. Escape Room 2? Old? Snake Eyes? Fear Street? help us pick what to talk about so we can deliver some quality reading that you guys want to read! Anyway thanks for reading our review of Pig! Hope you liked it and that it helps sell you on the film. Leave a like if you could, or maybe even a comment…? Anyway it really helps us get the handle on what you all like and don’t like to read!
-review by Ryan Prince