Robbing Nicolas Cage of a single line reading is like putting Gene Kelly in a wheelchair

Willy’s Wonderland is a movie where Nicolas Cage beats the absolute shit out of animatronic dolls possessed by the souls of satan-worshiping serial killers, which is as foolproof a film formula as humanly possible that is 1 1, man, this is baby’s first midnight movie, it would make one pretty require massive nonsense to turn Willy’s wonderland into something less than a splatter piece that I want to project onto my living room wall 24/7 at audio levels dangerous to the human ear. And yet and yet I’m here to report that Willys Wonderland – Directed by Kevin Lewis, based on a script by GÖ Parsons – did screw it up, and it screwed it up in one central respect: Willys Wunderland fundamentally misunderstands the gonzo appeal of Nicolas Cage, especially Nicolas Cage from the late era

To be fair, I wrote thousands of words for this exact site on Cage and I am still having trouble explaining this appeal. The biggest misconception about this wonderful Oscar winner is that people who like Nicolas Cage just enjoy a good car accident The reality is that Cage is incredibly good at what he does, but what he does is different than how 100% other people would do it.He doesn’t process and translate emotions like a person on earth does from Vampire’s Kiss to the Holy Trinity of the late 90s from The Rock / Con Air / Face Off to newer dishes like Mandy and Color out of Space has delivered Cage’s gift lines – delivered entire performances – as his brain translates the script into a painting by Salvador Dali Watching Nicolas Cage share a scene is a thrill, like staring at a storm cloud and trying to shape the bli predict tzes

Willys Wunderland desperately wants to take advantage of the ~ Crazy Cage ~ aesthetic, but does nothing but physically put him in a crazy scenario. Cage’s character, only referred to as “The Janitor,” doesn’t say a single word in the entire film that lies Lewis and Parsons probably not quite on their shoulders I’m sure Cage himself had a say in the choice.But the result is so strangely boring, and please remember, I’m saying this about a movie in which Nicolas Cage stomps the head of a robotic gorilla into a urinal, but it’s a gambit who gives Cage nothing to chew on when the allure of the actor’s best roles is in the unorthodox way he chews stealing Nicolas Cage from a one-line reading is like putting Gene Kelly in a wheelchair

(And to be clear, the energy of Willy’s Wonderland isn’t of the fabled sort of Sleepy Cage, something like Bangkok Dangerous, where the actor is in a coma throughout the film.Cage is still indebted to the aggressive silence of Willy’s Wonderland)

Which doesn’t mean that Cage can’t turn a quiet character into something flashy in his late career.He doesn’t have much more to say than a wordless mourning howl in Mandy, Panos Cosmato’s tale of grief, vengeance, and demon bikers.He also suits a similar stoic loner -Stereotype in Prisoners of the Ghostland, Sion Sono’s surreal apocalypse samurai western that premiered in Sundance just last month.But these films give Cage a choice.Part of the joy of watching Cage act is seeing what he’s with makes those decisions, whether it is sitting in complete silence, drinking a bottle of schnapps in its underwater or shouting the word “testicles” in a radiant wasteland. The only choice Willys Wonderland makes is to put a silent, emotionless cage in some insane situation rushing that doesn’t get the job done It’s shallow and verges on insult to assume that the only thing an audience wants from Cage is that Existence is like he’s more meme than performer.Yes, Cage’s entire career has been consistently and often lovingly forgotten – Vampire’s Kiss is a particularly iconic case – but this is where the creative process shouldn’t begin

Here’s the thing: I would still recommend Willys Wunderland to anyone who just wants what it promises, because the actual scenes of violence between men and dolls are viscerally entertaining, even I heard from a friend who goes to another school that it’s a damn good watch when you’re stoned, but it’s set in stone that a movie can’t be classified as a Modern Classic Cage if you could replace Nicolas Cage without much of a difference

Vinnie Mancuso is Senior Editor at Collider, where he is responsible for all things related to the 2018 film ‘Aquaman’ among other things.You can also find his opinions on pop culture on Twitter (@ VinnieMancuso1) or between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. being called out of a window in Jersey Citym

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