The first reviews and reactions to The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the meta-comedy starring Nicolas Cage as Nicolas Cage, are in. The movie, which screened during the SXSW festival, is already being called “the ultimate Nicolas Cage experience,” and has been heralded as the actor’s best thanks to its current 100% Rotten Tomatoes score (opens in new tab) – the highest ever in Cage’s long career.
“It is everything the trailer promises and a whole lot more. Massive props to Nick Cage for fully embracing his career with a great sense of humor. Plenty of big laughs and a lot of action too,” journalist Scott Menzel said (opens in new tab).
Robert Daniels, who revealed The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent received a standing ovation after its screening, said, (opens in new tab) “Nic Cage is still Nic Cage, and this is the ultimate love letter to every portion of him as a thespian.”
Pedro Pascal, who plays Nic Cage superfan Javi, is also getting serious acclaim for his performance. “Cage is at his best here, but Pedro Pascal steals the show and delivers the biggest laughs of the film,” Noah Ramer said (opens in new tab).
“Pedro Pascal and Nic Cage have unbelievable chemistry and will steal your heart with their bromance here. They’re hysterical. This movie is an absolute blast,” Brandon Davis wrote (opens in new tab).
The final reviews are just as glowing. “It’s one of the funniest movies of the year,” wrote IndieWire (opens in new tab). “The filmmakers pull from every corner of Cage’s filmography to craft something transcendent,” said RogerEbert.com’s Marya E. Gates (opens in new tab). “Cage is perfect in the role of his life,” declared Deadline (opens in new tab). It’s the part he was born to play, clearly.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent may currently have a glowing Rotten Tomatoes score, but those are only reviews from the initial premiere – there are 17 reviews on the website as of writing. More are likely to come, and the chances are one or two may be negative. However, Cage’s second-highest rated movie is little seen neo-noir gem Red Rock West at 97%, followed by the excellent, emotional revenge flick Pig at 96%. Chances are, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent could hold as one of Cage’s finest movies yet.
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is set to release in cinemas on April 22. For more on what’s out this year, check out our movie release dates guide.