Next Screening? At long last, “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”

I’ve had a couple of other chances to catch a preview of this one, but things came up, and I almost can’t bear to see it. The risk of letdown is high.

But let’s hope for the best and hang onto that one great take away that “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” has already given us all.

Have you seen how relaxed, loose and happy Nicolas Cage seems, out promoting this daft action comedy that was tailor-made for him, a tribute to NIC CAGE served on a plate of self-mockery?

Those of us who have interviewed him worried about Cage for years. He seemed tormented during the ’90s. And the string of C-movies he’s filled VOD queues with in recent decades wasn’t that encouraging. He needed the work as much as he needed the money, we figured, and that can’t be good.

With “Pig” and “Unbearable,” we’ve got an aging action star comfortable in his own skin, still making indie films, with all those awful shot-in-Thailand C movies sort of falling by the wayside.

I’ll never forget how lost he sounded when I interviewed him for “The Weather Man,” an actor who bluntly admitted that he needed to work constantly because of not wanting to go home and how miserable he was “in my own head.”

A happy and healthy Nic Cage, celebrated for being the over-the-top entity that he is, is a joyful thing to behold.

Fingers crossed!

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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