nicholas cage plays a “blue ribbon fuck up” weather man with two kids, an ex-wife and a pulitzer prize winning father. he’s one more in a long line of cinematic/literary characters (from citizen kane and the gatsbys to benjamin braddock and tyler durden) who is economically full, but otherwise empty.
by the film’s end you realize that it’s just as much as a film about cage as it is a film about america. throughout his voice-over narration he discusses the fast food that people throw at him on the street. he wonders why people do this – why fast food? why him? fast food is disposable and replaceable. and he represents an aspect of american culture which they despise – he doesn’t have real talent, yet he’s very well paid.
the stark imagery, cage’s performance and the writing are highlights. this is a rare instance where i’m tempted to watch the film in the theater a second time.Watched in theater