THE UNBEARABLE WEIGHT OF MASSIVE TALENT: 2022 (Barb & I saw this film at a local theater) Nicolas Cage stars as Nick Cage in a wildly creative action-comedy. Drawing on the Oscar-winner’s larger-than-life persona, the filmmakers wisely assume that nobody can play Nick Cage better than the legend himself. What you have here is essentially a buddy action comedy in which Cage plays an actor whose career is fading and who finds himself in massive debt. The actor reluctantly agrees to attend the birthday party of an eccentric billionaire fan (brilliantly played by Pedro Pascal) who offers Cage $1 million to show up at his party and hopefully read his movie script. Unsurprisingly, things get a little out of hand. OK, a lot out of hand. This sounds like it could turn into a heavy movie, but it doesn’t. It’s a fun one. It is a loving tribute to Cage's hair-trigger intensity. It earned 89% out of 131 reviews on the Rotten Tomato's Tomatometer. The dramatic and fictionalized film plunges the iconic actor into an amusingly preposterous scenario in which he must work with the CIA to stop a Cage superfan who may also be the ruthless head of a cartel. It’s a rip-roaring good time that rightfully instills as much Cage into its 1h 46m running time as is humanly possible. Cage is credited twice in the end titles: under his own name Nicolas Cage, playing "Nick Cage", and also under the name “Nicolas Kim Coppola,” his real birth name, playing "Nicky" (Cage’s alter ego). Cage channels his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones in the movie. With a 40 year film career, the award-winning actor takes on the role of a lifetime. If you are a Nick Cage enthusiast, it is a “must see” film. Nicolas Cage deserves a film celebrating his career. In my opinion it is a career worth celebrating. GRADE B+