The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022) movie review
Nicolas Cage stars in this action-comedy as Nick Cage, a barely exaggerated version of himself who is struggling to find a way back into the spotlight! Not that he went anywhere… However his luck changes when he is given the chance to appear at the birthday party of a wealthy man named Javi. The film opens this weekend against some strong competition, as all three opening films open with a strong critical reception, which include a 89% for Unbearable Weight.
Like The Northman, I was very excited to go into a comedy where Nicolas Cage plays Nick Cage. Not that- not that that happens in The Northman… Anyway, maybe it was the ridiculously high critic score or simply the underwhelming story, but I was disappointed with The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. All in all it’s not a bad time, but if you only see one film this weekend, The Northman is an epic time, whereas Nick Cage seems more akin to a Redbox rental…
The element this film wears most proudly is its story, which is as unique as it is surprisingly enduring throughout the film. Not only do we get the entertainment of Nicolas Cage as himself, but we get plenty of humor regarding his career, as well as some fairly bold material concerning his modern career, which- let’s face it, hasn’t been very big lately. Not that he went anywhere…
However the film begins to nosedive with the incorporation of a plot, which is often as cheesy and unbelievable as it is unnecessary. On top of that, something about the story was genuinely confusing, and I wish the film had been able to land on a stance regarding a few elements in the plot. I felt like some choices in the third act could have allowed the film to be absolutely hilarious! Instead I was confused why this film turned into such an unfunny action movie.
Which brings me to another drawback: I didn’t think this film was that funny. I chuckled plenty, and there were one or two good laughs in there for sure! Enough to see it at least once? Sure! But for a comedy where Nicolas Cage plays Nick Cage, I was hoping for more- something. That said, if there’s a true standout in the comedy here, it’s Perdo Pascal as Javi, who is apparently a huge Nick Cage fan in real life too. He consistently sells the absurd premise, delivering some of the best laughs in the film with his expressions and reactions alone!
Overall though, I wasn’t too impressed with the film. The first two acts of the story are genuinely enjoyable thanks to a clever story and some smart comedy, but even with a top notch Cage performance, the film never lives up to the potential of the premise. The third act was where this film really went downhill, and who knows? Maybe everyone enjoys this film more! I didn’t think it was bad, but there are several glaringly obvious solutions to this film’s problems that I simply want a slightly better version that is so within reach it hurts. It’s not a bad time. But I don’t think I’ll remember this film in a few weeks, especially having seen The Northman the night before… 6/10.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent? Did you see it? What did you think? And what are your three favorite movies of all time? (Question from this movie, that’s why it’s so vague.) Be sure to leave a like or a comment below and let us know! And if you liked this review, we do have a review for The Northman out too! So be sure to go check that out! Thanks for reading!
-review by Ryan Prince