★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Gist: A thoughtful and powerful performance from Nicolas Cage
I have not seen a lot of advertising for Pig and mostly came to it through word of mouth, but my understanding is that it is being advertised at least somewhat as a John Wick movie featuring Nic Cage. Let me be clear. This is 100% NOT the case. It is a slow paced drama that succeeds because Cage delivers a solid performance throughout. It is easy to divide today’s Nicolas Cage movies into two categories.
Paycheck movies - Willy’s Wonderland, Kill Chain, Primal, Grand Isle
Artistic movies - Mandy, Color Out of Space, Pig
Pig is his most recent “real” movie and he delivers a great performance. It’s simply about a man who loses a pig that means a lot to him. This does not seem to be the type of premise that should work as a serious movie, but it does. When Cage is at his best, he is impossible to look away from and this is definitely a great performance from him. He commands the screen the entire time he is on it.
- Stellar performance from Nicolas Cage
- Gripping drama about loss
- Tells a unique story that really should not work, but does
- Aside from the strong performance from Cage, it is just not great enough to push itself into the upper levels of great movies.
Mandy is the best Nicolas Cage movie I have seen the past five years or so. Pig is most definitely his second best, though. Mandy is an incredible movie and an incredible experience and is a very high bar to try to achieve again. Pig is far more standard and a lot more calm than Mandy, but it is also….well, just not as amazing.
If you like performances that you can not look away from and are prepared for a serious drama, I do recommend this movie very highly.