Pig Review

by Joe Joe

Pig

More depth here than I thought there would be.

Pig

More depth here than I thought there would be.

John Wick with a pig instead of a dog. Without guns, over-the-top violence, or action. So basically, not John Wick at all. Nicolas Cage is in his 102nd acting credit, and this is one of those times when he cares. Now lately, that’s rare, but when he does care, it’s magic.

He stars as Rob, a grizzly, bearded recluse who lives alone in the wilderness with his truffle-hunting pig. The only human acquaintance he has is Amir, played by Alex Wolff of Hereditary fame. Amir buys the truffles from Rob and supplies them to restaurants in the city. Some people steal Rob’s pig, and since he loves the little piggy so much, he, along with the help of Amir, attempts to get the pig back.

When I saw the trailer for this, I figured it would be a subdued Cage performance. With a Nic Cage trailer, you can always tell whether it will be crazy, boring, amazing, or subdued. This one is amazingly subdued. Hard to believe, but I think it’s a new kind of Cage. We got amazing crazy with Mandy which is one of his best movies as of late, and I think this is also.

The movie is divided into three parts, and I would say that the first part is the weirdest but still enjoyable. Everything becomes fantastic once the second part starts, and it’s not just Cage that is perfect. The supporting cast is also. One of the most captivating scenes in the movie is between Cage and a chef at this yuppy restaurant where a serving of food looks like two peas, red and yellow dipping sections, chicken skin, and cinnamon glitter surround your entire plate. It’s one of those scenes that define a movie like this.

It’s about so much more than just finding a lost pig. There is so much more depth here than I thought there would be. It’s really about grief, loss, and acceptance. To me, it was all very satisfying and moving. I liked the ending also. The script by Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski hits all the right notes. This film is Sarnoski’s first feature film, and I’ll be interested to see what he does next.

I want to say that I always hate hearing from people that Nic Cage is a bad actor. He does a lot of crap, but when he actually shows up. It’s different levels of uniqueness. He takes chances, and for as long as he’s been in the business, he still surprises. That’s very important in acting. He’ll do bullshit like Willy’s Wonderland, but then he does something like this, and it’s refreshing. I want him to continue acting as long as he’s able, and judging by how the guy spends money, he’ll keep acting. Thank God.

Would I watch this again? Most definitely. The acting, overall story, and structure keep it interesting. It’s also something to show people who don’t think Cage is a good actor. Hopefully, it would change their mind.

9
GREAT

Good

  • ACTING
  • STORY
  • DIRECTING

Bad

Pig
9
GREAT

Good

  • ACTING
  • STORY
  • DIRECTING

Bad

Pig
9
GREAT

Good

  • ACTING
  • STORY
  • DIRECTING

Bad