Nicolas Cage is in on the joke

jasonseacord 🇵🇸
5 min readApr 27, 2022

Last night I watched the film The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent as blindly as possible. The previous film I saw at the cinema was A24’s latest film X, and after leaving the theatre, I just so happened to walk past a poster which caught my eye because it had Nicolas Cage on it. Along with the film’s title, that was all I knew about it and was enough to have me sold.
It seemed like an exciting yet risky choice for Cage to do a comedy in general, considering how unkind the internet and journalism have been to his career. And only in the last couple of years he has been able to climb back up to being taken seriously again.
Before I continue, I want to say that since I reviewed Pig, I regret saying that that film was probably going to go down as my favourite Nic Cage film. In retrospect, I feel like that pigeonholed him, and at the time, I hadn’t seen Color Out of Space and Mandy yet. Now that I have caught up to those and rewatched my first favourite Cage film, Next, I’ve come to the daunting realisation that I can’t exactly pinpoint what my favourite Cage film could be. I still have a lot of older films of his from the 80's and 90's I should catch up on still before making such claims.
Another thing I regret not realising until I saw In Praise of Shadow’s video “In Defence of Nicolas Cage” was how much Pig seems to be about his career and ethos. In comparison, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent could be…

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