Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) with his daughter Addy (Lily Mo Sheen, 23, middle) and his ex-wife Olivia (Sharon Horgan, 51).  His family is important to him - but not as important as his work as an artist!

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“Massive Talent” completely crazy: Nicolas Cage plays Nicolas Cage!

By Stefan Broehl

Germany – insane! Nicolas Cage (58) plays himself in “Massive Talent”. The wild genre mix, which was released on June 16th in the German cinemas is not the hoped-for high-flyer, but a film with heart. the TAG24 review.

Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) with his daughter Addy (Lily Mo Sheen, 23, middle) and his ex-wife Olivia (Sharon Horgan, 51). His family is important to him – but not as important as his work as an artist! © PR/LEONINE DISTRIBUTION GMBH

At the beginning, Maria (Katrin Vankova) is watching “Con Air” with her buddies when she is mugged, knocked out and kidnapped.

In Los Angeles, on the other hand, extroverted and eccentric Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) sings loudly to the music in his car. He meets director David Gordon Green (47), in whose next film he really wants to play a role. He speaks fervently at his car.

Nick drives home with a good feeling and argues with a younger, wilder and even more wacky version of himself. It says clearly: You are not an actor, but a movie star! Then Cage goes to a psychologist with his daughter Addy (Lily Mo Sheen, 23), because it quickly becomes clear: Nick loves to be the center of attention – and even Addy doesn’t really listen.

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His thoughts revolve almost exclusively around his dormant career and films. Although he was never really gone, his peak is behind him. His agent Richard Fink (Neil Patrick Harris, 48) tells him that he has big debts and a little later that the role in Green’s work has gone to someone else.

For lack of alternatives, Cage accepts the invitation of Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal, 47), who lives in an impressive villa by the sea and is a big fan of the Hollywood giant. But he is not who he seems to be. Apparently he has his fingers in the kidnapping of the young woman, which is why even the CIA around Vivian (Tiffany Haddish, 42) approaches Cage and asks him to spy on his host…

1. German trailer for “Massive Talent” with Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal and Tiffany Haddish

2. German trailer for “Massive Talent” by Tom Gormican with Sharon Horgan and Neil Patrick Harris

“Massive Talent” has become an over-the-top genre mix with heart

Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal, 47, r.) invited Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) to his place and paid the film star one million US dollars for his time.

Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal, 47, r.) invited Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) to his place and paid the film star one million US dollars for his time. © PR/LEONINE DISTRIBUTION GMBH

Tom Gormican (42, “Forever Single?”) implemented this story well. The director has succeeded in creating an ambivalent work, which for the most part comes along like Cage himself and therefore arouses understanding for the star.

It’s over the top, crazy, egocentric and charismatic. An interesting mixture that results in grotesque scenes that are probably particularly exciting for fans of the Hollywood legend. Because his thought patterns like “Massive Talent” are abstract themselves, it’s sometimes difficult to fully identify with the actor and his motives, even if you develop a basic feeling for him.

The comedy, which is idiosyncratic in a positive sense, does not reach emotional depth. Still, it’s entertaining throughout its 96-minute runtime and includes some clever and amusing gags, which after Gormican’s underwhelming directorial debut, Forever Single? is a pleasant surprise. Cage (“Lord of War”, “In the Body of the Enemy: Face/Off”, “The Rock: Rock of Decision”) has a decisive part in this. You buy the role of the “Oscar” winner one hundred percent, after all he plays several versions of himself and can let off steam. Watching him do it is fun.

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The experienced performer incorporates some subtleties into his complex part, but at other moments takes his infamous overacting to the extreme with self-mockery. For example, when he talks to his younger self and the latter yells: “You are Nick ‘FUUUUUUUUUUCKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNGGGGGGGGG’ Cage”. It feels more like announcing boxers than talking to yourself.

Original trailer for “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” starring Nicolas Cage and Lily Mo Sheen

2. Original trailer for “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” starring Alessandra Mastronardi

Pedro Pascal and Nicolas Cage skillfully pass the balls to each other in “Massive Talent”.

Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage 58, right) likes Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal, 47), the two talk a lot about films and possible approaches.

Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage 58, right) likes Javi Gutierrez (Pedro Pascal, 47), the two talk a lot about films and possible approaches. © PR/LEONINE DISTRIBUTION GMBH

The fact that the film works well overall is also due to the other actors. The chemistry between Cage and Pascal (Din Djarin in “Star Wars: The Mandalorian”, Oberyn Martell in “Game of Thrones”, Javier Pena in “Narcos”) is right, both apparently had a lot of fun shooting together.

Also Haddish (“The Card Counter”), Harris (“Matrix Resurrections”), Paco Leon (47, “Die Pest”) and especially Horgan (“Catastrophe”) and Sheen (“Underworld: Evolution”), daughter of Kate Beckinsale (48) and Michael Sheen (53) complete the first-class ensemble.

The audience is offered an entertaining mix of genres full of allusions, the latter being one of the reasons why “Massive Talent” has been so well received by filmmakers and critics so far.

Cage makes fun of himself in these humorous sequences, which makes it easy to follow him and the film despite some oddities. The great camera settings, the varied locations, the harmonious background music, the captivating cut, the brilliant costumes and the ingenious make-up also play their part in this.

Whether “Massive Talent” is something for everyone, despite its many universal themes such as family, love, friendship, job or passion, can still be doubted. After all, it’s probably too crazy and contains too many film knowledge insiders, and not everyone in the audience can have a say about it.

Casual, cool, but also pretty crazy: Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) shows in "Massive talent"how ambivalent and complicated artists can be in their dealings.

Casual, cool, but also pretty crazy: Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) shows in “Massive Talent” how ambivalent and complicated artists can be in their dealings. © PR/LEONINE DISTRIBUTION GMBH

Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) doesn't enjoy life too often.  the "hunt" after the next big project, the star is still driving, even after decades in the business.

Nick Cage (Nicolas Cage, 58) doesn’t enjoy life too often. The “hunt” for the next big project still drives the star even after decades in the business. © PR/LEONINE DISTRIBUTION GMBH

All in all, “Massive Talent” has become a raw, insane and crazy genre mix with a very own style, which in the end doesn’t offer a perfect total work of art, but thanks to the cast around Cage, many insider gags and the recognizable passion for the project it scores and itself worthwhile for fans of the star.

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