The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Published June 11, 2022

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Film info

  • Title The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
  • Director Tom Gormican
  • Year 2022
  • Run time 1hr 47m
  • Genres Action, Comedy, Crime
  • Tagline The most Nicolas Cage movie ever

In this wildly entertaining, action-packed comedy, Oscar winner Nicolas Cage plays... Nick Cage! Creatively unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, the fictionalised version of Cage accepts a million-dollar offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous superfan. Things take an unexpected turn when Cage is recruited by a CIA operative and he must use his legendary acting skills, channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to become a real-life action hero.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:43 First ever fight scene set to LeAnn Rhimes? (Note: turns out this was the Trisha Yearwood version, booooo.)
4:20 “Make more movie star choices.”
7:24 I love Sharon Horgan so much but I don’t see how they could ever have been a couple.
15:26 The about face agents can do is terrifying.
20:09 “I am Javi.” Oh man, you can see the cringe coming and it’s still awful!
27:21 “It’s impossible to be close to a 16-year-old.”
29:15 PADDINGTON 2! He’s not wrong.
29:26 “I cried through the entire thing, it made me want to be a better man.”
39:12 I love that this movie has turned into Johnny English.
45:39 “Divine inspiration. LSD.”
55:09 Why would you want to buy a statue of yourself??
1:00:30 “Physically, he is tremendous, he will probably outlive us all.”
1:15:18 These two are ridiculously good together.
1:29:16 Loving this fortress, I gotta say.
1:35:31 Javi is so cute.
1:36:49 If Demi Moore plays you in the movie, that’s a good life.


This movie is a riot. It’s meta in all the right ways, without that too smug feeling. It’s Nicolas Cage sending himself up whilst also retaining some dignity, which is a really difficult thing to do. The relationship, the chemistry, between Cage and Pascal is off the scale, I really could have watched those two running around the beautiful vistas forever.

I love Sharon Horgan and the way everyone got swept up into the action movie in a somewhat believable way. Also, obviously, it made me want to watch Paddington 2 again. Top marks all round.

Rating: 5 / 5

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