Once an undisputed star of Hollywood, Nicolas Cage has grown into a second-rate actor accustomed to direct-to-video. The actor still has a lot to offer us, however, he who has a talent for solid gold in dark rooms.
As a friend put it so well, Nicolas Cage always plays his films like he’s aiming for the Oscar. We hope he doesn’t blame us for stealing his formula, as it perfectly defines an iconoclastic actor who always gives 200% involvement in his roles, despite many projects that have debts to pay off (he assumes). is. Whether he won the famous gold statuette for Leaving Las Vegas in 1996 or played an old martial arts expert wielding a katana against aliens (in jiu jitsu in 2020, frankly), Nick Cage remains Nick Cage with all the madness and professionalism that distinguish him. So we’re not hiding our special affection for the guy, the traveling internet meme factory.
So when the actor finally returns to our darkrooms, we can only be thrilled. If he additionally interprets his own role (semi-fictional), we sign the blank check. Simply because this man has a talent in gold.
In the film, Nicolas Cage is an actor in the doldrums, constantly looking for a role to boost his career while debt mounts and family life takes a hit. In an attempt to give himself (especially his bank account) a boost, he accepts an invitation from a billionaire to appear at his birthday party. Except that the CIA contacted him there to play spies against his host, who is actually a dangerous Mafioso. Does Nicolas Cage live up to his reputation?
Nicolas Cage vs. Nicolas Cage
As I’m sure you understood, the Gormican movie (co-written with Kevin Etten) will play the meta card to its full potential by featuring a Nick Cage that’s not that far from reality. An opportunity for the actor to take a little journey within himself, enjoying himself about the star system and his career with the help of his absolute fan friend of the actor.
Rock, The Wings of Hell, Volte/Face, A Guardian Angel for Tess, 60 seconds flat… The references multiply with cheers in the face of a melancholy Cage ready to end his career. A journey into the past as well as a journey to what made the actor a legend. The screenwriters then viciously play on that image, confronting him with his youthful double and clinging to the idea that he deserves better for being Nicolas Cage. And so that the man’s “madness” can be expressed, the story never hesitates to make him consume various substances just to make it a real Nicolas Cage’s show. A solid gold talent plays the card of homage and gentle taunt during a tasty first hour for anyone not allergic to humans.
But the feature film is also a nice old-fashioned sidekick, thanks to the duo formed with a supremely comfortable Pedro Pascal in the role of the naïve fan living a childhood dream to the fullest. The two actors give us a touching bromance in which every sequence, even the most extensive, demonstrates a real complicity. At a time when Hollywood likes to play the meta and fan-service card with the utmost cynicism, A Talent in Solid Gold needs to breathe sincerity for him.
Nicolas Cage vs. Hollywood
Touching on one of his greatest figures, A Solid Gold Talent takes the opportunity to provide his own reflection on the Hollywood industry. The feature film breaks the fourth wall more than once and plays with double levels of reading, constantly announcing the events that will follow through its dialogues surrounding the cinematographic creation.
When our characters denounce the need to bring twists to hold the viewer’s attention, they have to go through the same twists a few minutes later. Now slamming the marketing interests surrounding the lower production, the film falls entirely into its second half as if it were inevitable. The introspective buddy movie becomes a distinctive and long-winded action comedy. The film’s interest then begins to crumble, as if it’s deliberately sinking itself to back up its claims with example. An interesting process, but far too risky, especially since we end up wondering if this strategy wouldn’t hide the reality of the lack of content once the initial idea is well advanced. The truth certainly lies between the two.
Imperfect but generous. Crazy but codified. A Talent in Solid Gold is a film with two faces looking at each other. Luckily, those faces are those of “Nick fu**iiiiiiiiiiing Cage,” as he puts it so beautifully himself. And he’s right.