On this outrageous darkish comedy, Nicolas Cage and director Kristoffer Borgli (Sick of Myself) take us down a rabbit gap, ideally pairing the eccentric, unclassifiable star with a filmmaker with a splendidly biting creativeness. Cage performs Paul, an unremarkable professor who exhibits up for no cause in different individuals’s goals – first these of his household, then these of his college students and strangers all over the world.
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Cage’s identify, in fact, brings to thoughts his many over-the-top, meme-feeding roles, and maybe his dramatic triumphs in movies just like the latest Pig (2021). However this movie reminds us how humorous he’s as a tragic, unhappy sack, like Charlie Kaufman’s fictional, much less proficient twin brother, Donald, in Adaptation (2002). Paul is socially awkward and appears like a strolling cliché of a professor: bald, with wire-rimmed glasses and a beard. In a masterfully humorous, low-key efficiency, Cage grounds the movie within the actuality of this extraordinary man dwelling within the suburbs together with his spouse (Julianne Nicholson) and two teenage daughters.
However he and Borgli additionally reveal Paul’s delusions. He seeks an apology from a graduate college colleague whose latest publication borrowed a imprecise concept that Paul put ahead many years earlier. And he hopes to discover a writer for an instructional examine in evolutionary biology – his e book on ants – even when he has but to start out writing or anything.