The “talent weight” strategy for getting an audience is straightforward, even a bit obvious. The film, which opens in Brazilian cinemas on Thursday (12), has its main focus on Nicolas Cage’s interpretation of a more wild and caricatured version of himself.
But as much as it helps, you don’t have to be a fan of the 58-year-old American actor to enjoy the production. The combination of comedy and action without too much pretension is fun to make rice and beans well-cooked, without trying to be more than they are.
“The Weight of Talent” is a frenetic adventure in which Nicolas Cage kisses a young CG Nic Cage (to his peers) stoned to a cocaine crest, recovers his golden pistols from “The Other cheek” (1997) and with no less fear of exploiting his reputation as an eccentric and more choices questionable in his career.
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All this with the support of Pedro Pascal (“The Mandalorian”) wholly succumbed to the cynicism of the whole situation, with a wonderful mixture of awareness and self-awareness – tested in “Wonderful Woman 1984” (2020) is here to perfection.
Anyone who goes to the movies drawn to the pompous (and of course much better) original title, “The Unbearable Weight of Giant Talent,” though, will always be disappointed.
This is not, and does not try to be, a fascinating study of the character and / or character as other works in which the heroes play themselves, such as “Quero ser John Malkovich” (1999) and “JCVD” (2008).
Pedro Pascal and Nicolas Cage in a scene from “The Weight of Talent” – Image: Disclosure
Despite what was said in the last paragraph, the initial points between the “heavy of talent” and the film’s starring Jane Claude Van Damme very similar.
As with the Belgian production star, Nicolas Cage begins his own story as a version not far from reality, with a reputation eroded by poor career decisions and family life in tatters.
But, as much as they both do a good job blending the talents of actors into their main business, Thursday’s premiere isn’t too interested in understanding who Nicolas Cage is, but in elevating him to the ninth grade.
Nicolas Cage in a scene from the movie “The Weight of Talent” – Photo: Disclosure
That’s why, if you start “JCVD” with a piece of text, “The Weight of Talent” explores every possible cliché in a great spy adventure.
With no projects and on the verge of a frustrated retirement, the Academy Award winner for “Farewell to Las Vegas” (1995) embraces the end of his career by accepting a good sum to go to the birthday of a billionaire cheerleader (Pascal) in Spain.
There, in addition to building a beautiful friendship and finding a personal museum dedicated to his work, he is summoned by the CIA to spy on his host, who may be the leader of a large arms cartel – as far as his shamanic instincts vary.
Accepting the irony of a questionable recent resume (which extends beyond professionalism), Cage delivers one of the best and most enthusiastic performances in recent years – filled with unbridled performances.
Between screaming, gunshots, drinks, and drugs, there’s nothing more Nick Cage than seeing the star give a surprise kiss to a younger, digitally rejuvenated version of himself.
On the other hand, as much as the scene actually pays for the ticket, the movie will struggle without giving up Pedro Pascal entirely for ridicule.
Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal in a scene from “The Weight of Talent” – Image: Disclosure
Without the Chilean, the “weight of talent” is difficult to accept by audiences other than champion fans. With its unique detachment, it gives dignity to the physical humor the production uses.
As much as the movie gives the audience numerous winks in alleged metallic language, it is the actor who calls what would be a parody of a really funny parody.
The script has some flashes of brilliance, like the aforementioned encounters between Cage and Cage, but they are quite predictable for life.
For this reason, he credits 96% of his success with the inspiring cast – which is fitting for a movie about one of Hollywood’s most unique actors.
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