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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

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Plot: Unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, Nicolas Cage accepts a $1 million offer to attend a wealthy fan's birthday party where things soon take a wildly unexpected turn.
Release Date: July 11 2022
Format: Digital | DVD | Blu-ray | 4K UHD
Director(s): Tom Gormican
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Sharon Horgan
BBFC Certificate: 15
Running Time: 106 mins
Review By: Samuel Love
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Bottom Line

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is the definitive Nicolas Cage experience, and a heartfelt study of friendship and fandom.

Posted July 8, 2022 by

Film Review

In the vein of Bruce Campbell’s delightfully zany My Name is Bruce in which the star played himself in a bizarre adventure, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent puts the spotlight on Nicolas Cage in a surprisingly poignant meta-comedy-action-thriller romp. 

Cage has long been something of a meme, with his loud and outlandish style regularly imitated and his films often quoted – “not the bees!” – but people forget how good an actor he actually is. The man is an Academy Award winner! The Unbearable Weight allows him to flex those muscles again, but in a charmingly self-aware, and indeed self-deprecating, fashion. Playing a fictionalised version of himself, he is a broken and debt-riddled has-been haunted by his younger Wild at Heart era self. When the opportunity to make a quick $1 million comes up in exchange for being the guest of honour at a wealthy fan’s birthday party, it’s a no-brainer – but Cage soon becomes mixed up with the CIA, arms dealers, LSD, and a private screening of Paddington 2. It’s all totally wacky and wildly inventive in a way that only Nic Cage could pull off, and yet, it is absolutely full of heart.

Oddly poignant and moving, The Unbearable Weight is a love letter not just to Nic Cage and his many cult films, but to fandom in general. The sweet bromance between Cage and superfan Javi (a pitch-perfect Pedro Pascal) is so delightfully warm-hearted that it’s hard not to get swept up in its charm, thanks in large part to the two leads’ impeccable chemistry. The rest of the cast are great, too – Sharon Horgan is, as ever, terrific as Cage’s ex-wife.

But the film is also a surprisingly compelling action-thriller, with superbly bombastic setpieces and excitement, particularly in the action-packed final act. Here is one of those rare films that has everything, while also being so totally unique and oozing its own identity. How a film can go from a zany comedy about Nicolas Cage to a buddy adventure to an espionage thriller, and nail every beat, is a tremendously rare feat. Bravo to director Tom Gormican, who also co-wrote with Kevin Etten

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is the definitive Nicolas Cage experience, and a heartfelt study of friendship and fandom.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is on digital release from 8 July, followed by Steelbook, 4K UHD, Blu-ray & DVD releases from 11 July courtesy of Lionsgate


Samuel Love

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