Nicolas Cage is an integral part of 21st-century entertainment. His work prior to the new millennium was fascinating, to be sure, but the early 2000s in particular are a showcase of a desperate man acting his way out of crippling debt. His purchases of more than half a dozen exotic homes, an island, dinosaur fossils, and one of the most eclectic wardrobes in Hollywood have kept Cage in a constant pursuit of work, and thanks to his recognizability and superbly entertaining acting style, he’s been able to stay off the streets.
The effect this has had on the entertainment industry is good and bad at the same time. On the one hand, Cage is now accessible to some smaller filmmakers who might not be able to afford him if it weren’t for his need to be in several projects every year. But it also means that he can get swooped up by any number of terrible direct-to-video trainwrecks.
Cage’s performance in ‘Mandy’ falls on the positive side of the spectrum. It’s the new film from madman director Panos Cosmatos, whose strange choices of onscreen color and hyper-specific style are all in perfect proportions this time around.
Cage plays a man whose beloved SO gets abducted and killed by a local cult. The fight for revenge involves mystical weapons, a chainsaw sword fight, and lots of yelling.
Little did we know that Nic Cage is so well-suited to all of these things. He’s a perfect fit for a movie like this, that ultimately doesn’t take itself too seriously. And if the audience is willing to sink into the absurdity, it offers some of the best, and simultaneously goofiest, Cage acting we’ve ever seen.