The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Review – The Last (Meta) Action Hero

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Nicolas Cage has been a bit of a forgotten actor as of late. Nowadays, he’s someone who’s mostly known for his “meme-ability” rather than his acting ability. However, Cage has been going through a renaissance as of late. With a recent string of fantastic films, Nicolas Cage has saved his best for 2022. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is easily one of the funniest and most entertaining films of the year (so far).

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent follows Nicolas Cage, who is at the lowest point of his acting career. Before he retires from acting, he decides to take on one more “job.” For $1 million, he must show up to the birthday party of billionaire superfan Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal). Little does Cage know that Javi is actually one of the most violent drug lords in the world. Now, Nicolas Cage must use all of his massive talents to help the CIA bring Javi down.

Unbearable Weight isn’t a film that could’ve been made with any other actor besides Nicolas Cage. There isn’t an actor out there so self-aware and willing to poke fun at their unique public persona. Try to think of an actor with such a one-of-a-kind place in the cultural landscape that also integrates flawlessly with his on-screen presence. Chances are that the list is small. It’s why The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is the pinnacle of Cage’s career. He’s able to poke fun at himself while simultaneously delivering one of his best performances.

Nicolas Cage is in his prime form from start to finish. Plus, if you were looking for a crazy Nic Cage, you’ll find plenty of it in Unbearable Weight. Cage is having fun leaning into the quirky nature he’s known for nowadays. Director/co-writer Tom Gormican and co-writer Kevin Etten are undoubtedly Cage superfans, as their script is a love letter to Cage’s career and the quirky persona he developed throughout the years. The film is not all fun and games, though. Although he’s cracking jokes at his own expense, Gormican and Etten’s script gives Cage some compelling and poignant moments to work with.


The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is the pinnacle of Cage’s career. He’s able to poke fun at himself while simultaneously delivering one of his best performances.


Even with all the meta-references, Unbearable Weight skillfully weaves together multiple plots and themes. At times, it’s a buddy comedy, and other times it’s a spy thriller. When it’s a buddy comedy, Cage and Pascal have such delightful chemistry that they effortlessly carry the entire film together. Whether it’s watching them high on acid or seeing them bond over their love of film, you’ll quickly find yourself falling for their wild relationship.

Overall, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a hilarious meta flick with a massive amount of heart. Thankfully, the film is never too in your face or tries to be too clever for its own good. It would have been too easy for Unbearable Weight to be a satire. Instead, we get a cinematic version of Cage that allows the real one to remind us that he’s not just a meme. The addition of Pascal and his comedic chops makes this film everything we hoped for and more.

If you’re a Cage superfan, you’re guaranteed to bask in all the references to his career. On the other hand, if you’re not, you’ll find that Unbearable Weight is more than a “Cage lovefest.” It’s a poignant, hilarious, entertaining, and heartfelt film. After all these years, Nicolas Cage has found his groove again, and we’re lucky to live in a world where Nicolas Cage is still willing to gift the world with his massive talent. 

Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent hits theaters on April 22nd.

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