The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent | Filmology With Spoken Nerd

(Nicholas Cage plays himself…for the first time?)

Nicholas Cage is a man who might be described in any number of ways depending on who you ask.  While he’s loved by some and hated by others, his prolific acting career has branded him into a household name.  The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a cute comedy in which Cage plays a fictionalized version of himself. In this light-hearted, neatly wrapped ball of fun, Cage would be most accurately described as a good sport.     

The concept is simple and pretty funny.  Nick Cage finds himself in the midst of financial struggles and family tension.  He really plays up the role by taking himself too seriously as he is looking for that big Hollywood role to bring him back to his glory days and ease his pains.  His manager, who is played by Neil Patrick Harris, sends him on a high-paying gig, making an appearance at a birthday party for a billionaire fan.  Cage finds himself in a plot similar to his most popular movies where he is employed by the CIA, led by Tiffany Haddish, to spy on the billionaire fan’s compound, played by Pedro Pascal (Mandalorian, Game Of Thrones).       

This film is silly and predictable which would be an absolute disaster without its key component which is Nicholas Cage.  I would even go as far as to say that no other actor could pull off this role but Cage does it with finesse which makes for a genius moment in cinema.  Isn’t this what Nicholas Cage does for many of his movies?  He saves the day.  It seems that as of lately he’s taken on a lot of roles that lend credibility to indie films and deliver them to a broader audience.  There’s no pun intended here but Nicholas Cage is a national treasure.     

It’s no mystery why we keep going to see Nicholas Cage movies.  His talent is overwhelming.  He is to film what the session players are to your favorite albums.  With massive talent comes an unbearable weight and his latest film tells that story.

About Nathan Conrad:

He’s best known as the Nashville-based Hip Hop/Indie Pop emcee Spoken Nerd, but this isn’t your typical rap project. He rhymes playfully at times, singing and/or rapping, juxtaposing his style with real-life situations and subject matter. Occasionally Spoken Nerd will find inspiration in films and will put it into song. With eight full-length albums into his career, the rapper has built a healthy catalog of music, which doesn’t include the number of EPs and singles released. His most recent release is the collaborative effort Grapes, with Juan Cosby.

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