Let’s be honest here, Nicolas Cage isn’t exactly known for his award-winning movies, is he? But things have recently been looking up after his latest project has received a very impressive ninety-eight percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And some have even gone as far as to say that it’s the “movie of the year.” Okay, we see you, Cage, you go get that Oscar.
For those of you that haven’t heard about it yet, Pig is a drama-filled love story about “a truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.” So in theory the movie should be called Sow, but it doesn’t have the same ring, I guess.
Anyway, Cage’s character, Rob Feld, goes on this journey looking for his abducted pig and also questions his life throughout the journey, as one does when they’re looking for their missing pet. I know, I know, it all sounds a bit weird, but bear with me.
The story was written by Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski and alongside Nicolas Cage, it stars the likes of Alex Wolff and Adam Arkin so it’s a pretty commendable line-up.
Watch the trailer below:
It has all the elements to unintentionally be a trainwreck but luckily, it is a masterpiece that Nicolas Cage could finally be proud of. I mean, don’t get me wrong, some of his other films are okay-ish, I guess. I kind of enjoyed Lord of War, but I wouldn’t hail it as anything spectacular, and with other weird titles like Ghost Rider, and Gone in 60 Seconds, paired with borderline hideous movie posters, it’s no wonder why none of his previous work became a hit.
Most of them became a breeding ground for iconic memes. Take Vampire’s Kiss (1988) for example, the movie that birthed the infamous “You Don’t Say” meme. How do you expect anyone to forget about that? And then other later projects like Mandy (2018), were doomed due to all the past memes. No one could focus on the wild storyline in which Cage plays a revenger looking to take down a satanic biker gang, because they were too busy trying to snapshot the next big Cage Rage internet meme.
But the fifty-seven-year-old actor has to take on some of the blame for that because f you’re going to over-act an already intense scene, you can’t not expect the internet to take hold of it and turn it into a meme. It’s common knowledge.
But back in 2018, he did elaborate on how this whole meme-wave changed a lot of things for himself as an actor, as a director, and a client.
“I’m sure it’s frustrating for [director of Mandy] Panos [Cosmatos], who has made what I consider a very lyrical, internal, and poetic work of art, to have this ‘Cage rage’ thing slammed all over his movie… the internet has kind of done the movie a disservice.”
Let’s just hope Pig doesn’t suffer the same fate.