Thursday, September 29, 2022     Volume: 23, Issue: 31
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
BARBARIAN
BEAST
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021)
BINGEABLE: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (2022)
BINGEABLE: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL (2022)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-present)
BINGEABLE: CASTLEVANIA (2017-2021)
BINGEABLE: CHEER (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: HACKS (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: I JUST KILLED MY DAD (2022)
BINGEABLE: JOE PICKETT (2021)
BINGEABLE: KUNG FU (2021)
BINGEABLE: LAST LIGHT (2022)
BINGEABLE: LIFE & BETH (2022)
BINGEABLE: MAID (2021)
BINGEABLE: MIDNIGHT MASS (2021)
BINGEABLE: ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING (SEASON 2) (2021-present)
BINGEABLE: SLOW HORSES (2022)
BINGEABLE: SQUID GAME (2021)
BINGEABLE: STATION ELEVEN (2021)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
BINGEABLE: TELL ME YOUR SECRETS (2021)
BINGEABLE: THE BABY (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE BEAR (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE GREAT (2020-present)
BINGEABLE: THE MOST HATED MAN ON THE INTERNET (2022)
BINGEABLE: THE PATIENT (2022)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COWBOY BEBOP (1998)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE CAT RETURNS (2002)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE SHOOTING (1966)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BREAKING
C’MON C’MON
ELVIS
EMILY THE CRIMINAL
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
GUILTY PLEASURE: VAMPIRES (1998)
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
GUILTY PLEASURES: JOLT
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM (1996)
I CARE A LOT
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION
LIGHTYEAR
NEW FLICKS: ANTLERS
NEW FLICKS: ARMY OF THIEVES
NEW FLICKS: BULLET TRAIN
NEW FLICKS: CRUELLA
NEW FLICKS: DAY SHIFT
NEW FLICKS: DON’T LOOK UP
NEW FLICKS: FINCH
NEW FLICKS: FRESH
NEW FLICKS: GEORGE CARLIN’S AMERICAN DREAM (2022)
NEW FLICKS: HUSTLE
NEW FLICKS: I WANT YOU BACK
NEW FLICKS: KATE
NEW FLICKS: MURDER AT YELLOWSTONE CITY
NEW FLICKS: PINOCCHIO
NEW FLICKS: PREY
NEW FLICKS: RED NOTICE
NEW FLICKS: SAMARITAN
NEW FLICKS: THE GRAY MAN
NEW FLICKS: THE NORTHMAN
NEW FLICKS: THIRTEEN LIVES
NEW FLICKS: WATERMAN (2021)
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (2021)
NOPE
PIG
SOUL
THE ADAM PROJECT
THE BATMAN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE NEW MUTANTS
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT
THE WOMAN KING
THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES (2021)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: MARE OF EASTTOWN
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: ONE MISSISSIPPI
TV REVIEW: PAINTING WITH JOHN (2021)
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TED LASSO (2020-present)
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)

‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ is smart, funny, and deeply self-reflexive

THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT

PHOTO BY , COURTESY OF LIONSGATE AND SATURN FILMS

THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT


Where is it playing?: Regal Edwards RPX Santa Maria, Movies Lompoc, Regal Edwards Arroyo Grande

What's it rated?: R

What's it worth?: $Full price (Glen Starkey)

What's it worth?: $Full price (Anna Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Co-writer and director Tom Gormican (That Awkward Moment) helms this action comedy with Nicolas Cage playing himself. He’s strapped for cash, so he agrees to take a million-dollar appearance fee at billionaire fan Javi Gutierrez’s (Pedro Pascal) extravagant birthday bash, but when it turns out Javi may be a drug kingpin involved in the kidnapping of a politician’s daughter (Alessandra Mastronardi), Cage finds himself recruited by two CIA agents (Tiffany Haddish and Ike Barinholtz). (107 min.)  

Glen: If you’re not savvy to Nicholas Cage’s reputation as an over-the-top, scenery-chewing madman, step one is to stop reading this, open YouTube, and search for “Nicholas Cage losing his shit,” which will take you to a montage of some of the actor’s choicest moments of wild-eyed thespian mayhem. He’s also known for rarely saying no to a paycheck, especially in recent years where it’s not uncommon for him to film five or more movies a year, some of them arguably terrible: Jiu Jitsu (2020) anyone? Yet, Cage has proven himself a remarkable talent—the man can be an absolute genius. All these disparate truths are in play in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, which simultaneously makes fun of and pays homage to Cage’s reputation. It’s an absolute blast.

Anna: I love when someone who has been a household name for decades and has every reason to carry around bravado and ego doesn’t mind poking fun at themselves. I applaud his willingness to be both the star and the butt of the joke. In the film, Nick’s struggling not only to find his next big project and source of income, but also with his relationship with his 16-year-old daughter, Addy (Lily Mo Sheen). She’s unimpressed by his taste in books and film and his desire for her to like all the things he likes. His ex-wife, Olivia (Sharon Horgan), is sick of having to explain to him that it shouldn’t be a shock that his teenage daughter doesn’t dig his obscure picks for movie night. When he loses out on a part he really wanted and wallows by getting way too sauced at Addy’s birthday party, it’s clear that Nick needs to get his life together. Then the fun can really begin when he meets Javi after agreeing to attend his birthday party for a price. Even as the film’s plot line becomes more and more ridiculous, it only gets more fun to watch. Cage and Pascal are wonderful together—I’ll watch a buddy comedy between those two anytime!

Glen: Pascal is positively ebullient! There’s an amazing scene when they decide to drop acid together, and the look in Pascal’s eyes is pure delight. The first thing I remember seeing him in was Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), where he struck me as a Latin Burt Reynolds. He’s handsome and roguish, but in this role he’s downright giddy. Javi loves Nick and his films so much, and as their relationship blossoms, they truly appreciate one another, though Cage is understandably wary. Much of the comedy comes from their mixed signals to one another—because Cage believes Javi’s a remorseless drug runner, he reads menace in all the wrong places. Soon they’re collaborating on a screenplay together, discussing twists and turns and how potentially ludicrous they’d be to the character arcs and plot points … and yet the film goes in outlandish directions and makes it work. This may not be the best film in theaters this year, but it’s certainly one of the most fun.

Anna: It had me laughing over and over again, especially their acid-fueled adventure and paranoia that led to some real hijinks. Cage can’t help but like Javi, even after he’s been told Javi is a kidnapper. He seems so affable and truly interested in working with Nick on their screenplay. Haddish and Barinholtz play the CIA agents trying to recover Maria, both great comedians and great additions to this cast. This is just one of those films that you leave believing that everyone on set had a great time making it. It’s silly and outlandish and totally fun from start to finish. I can see this being one of those films I rewatch when I need a mood boost—it just gave me a lot of joy.

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles streaming listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










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