When it seems that at some point actor Nicolas Cage is slipping into films of extremely cheesy quality, which even cinemas don’t show everywhere because you can’t make anything from them, a miracle happens and he gets a second chance. Nicholas Cage is just such an actor, who in recent years has not only invented his own genre of cinema called ‘Nicholas Cage’, but is gradually returning to noteworthy cinematography.
About the film…
There is nothing like people who are self-ironic, have great self-criticism and know how to enjoy life even in situations that are not very favorable for them. That is exactly the kind of person who appeared before me after watching this film, N. Cage, who mocked himself and a certain stage in life when he was mired in huge debts, at one point he was considered the highest paid actor in the world, and it seemed that he never faced any difficulties, in our case, financially.
So the film’s director, Tom Gormican, took the opportunity to highlight every possible stage of N. Cage’s life and at the same time introduce us to the man’s career so that we, the audience, could understand what a bright Hollywood star was and why it faded in its time. That said, the film itself is not biographical, as it is, after all, a crime comedy that neatly incorporates individual facts from Cage’s life into the overall storyline. Of course, all the emphasis was on the strong humorous part, which I think is a tough job, because it’s one thing to just ridicule and trivialize a person, it’s another to see the character in really absurd and ridiculous situations that would elicit genuine laughter. The director handled this beautifully.
There is enough action in the movie, a lot of humor, and, most importantly, the dialogues in the movie are not banal and ‘wooden’, but with deep subtext, cinematic overtones. So at one moment or another the viewer can plunge into the so-called inside jokes, connected with cinema in general, but it is worth mentioning, though most of the humor will be understandable for cinephiles, but at the same time it may bring a smile to the face even of a person, who does not watch movies often and does not even know who Nicolas Cage is. And all this with the ridiculousness and absurdity I have already mentioned (in a good way), which with each step of the film’s storyline gains more and more freedom. Also, the characters in the film are very interesting, which gives the film even more integrity.
The technical side of the film
In this case, I didn’t see anything special in this film, a visually standard narrative. The really technical strengths of this film are the dynamic work of the cameraman, the really worthwhile soundtrack, which is successfully written into most of the scenes, good editing, and in general all the artwork is on a good level.
What to hide, this is really a benefit for actor Nicolas Cage, a moment of glory, so to speak. The actor not only managed to make fun of himself in a talented way, showed a lot of situations and emotions that became legendary ‘memes’ on the Internet, but also convincingly presented himself on the screen, which, you must agree, is not such an easy job. So the Hollywood veteran had, shall we say, a lot of fun.
I also think Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish were great in this movie, although there were many great faces on screen, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Demi Moore, Sharon Horgan, Lily Mo Sheen, Alessandra Mastronardi, really all built very well into the storyline of the main character, not letting their comic images bore you.
“The Unbearable Burden of Great Talent” is a rare but highly talented triumph for actor Cage, in which he ‘ripped off’ like never before in his life. At the same time it is a witty, self-critical, fast-paced and even unpredictable project with its absurd, funny and ridiculous plot twists. The film is worth watching for every fan not only of the actor, but also of “memes” with him. There is no sense to say anything unnecessary, I just sincerely urge you to go to this film, because you will not often see such good comedies in the cinema nowadays, so it is not necessary to refuse a good pastime in the cinema. And if you do go with your friends, I think you’ll have even more fun.