JumpCast: Episode 169 – The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
Alex and Simon review The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, a Nicolas Cage project for the ages. In the world of film, Fast and Furious 10 has become Fast X, Across The Spider-Verse is delayed to 2023 and the Dungeons and Dragons movie reveals its cast and subtitle. We’ve got more looks at Lightyear too, as well as Flux Gourmet and Good Mourning.
With deft skill, Gormican understands the challenging assignment. He deploys Cage in a film that is the ‘most Nic Cage thing to have ever existed’. As the story goes, Cage plays a cash-strapped actor looking for his next big acting gig. His life is a mess; he’s at odds with his ex-wife Olivia (Sharon Hogan), and out of touch with his daughter Addy (Lily Mo Sheen). When the acting opportunity falls through and Cage contemplates retirement, he’s forced to accept an appearance gig with a wealthy super-fan Javi, at his birthday party in Mallorca. But in getting to know the guest of honour, Cage is recruited by the CIA (led by Tiffany Haddish’s Vivian) to uncover Javi’s criminal secret. And it doesn’t take long until that eventual ‘Cage-ism’ he’s famously renowned for, is unleashed.
The plot is as absurd as it looks and sounds, however, Gormican and Kevin Etten’s script doesn’t re-invent the wheel. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is the latest satirical parody where Hollywood is no stranger to mock introspection about the industry. Occasionally, it bears similarities with Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder, making fun of the Hollywood elite for cliches, tropes and money-making formulas where life imitates art (and vice versa).Kelechi Ehenulo’s review of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
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