The Big Hit
Etienne, an often-out-of-work but endearing actor, runs a theatre workshop in a prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s classic ‘Waiting for Godot’.
Put aside any thoughts of an eye-bulging, tendon bursting Nicolas Cage performance and revel in his restrained, intuitively measured portrait of a lost man rediscovering forgotten facets of himself.
This is one of the most surprising films of the year that blends revenge fable with foodie travelogue as a pensive and broody Cage attempts to recover his porcine friend. It shouldn’t work but it really does and there is even online chatter about Cage receiving his first Oscar nomination since 2002’s ‘Adaptation’. Nicolas Cage’s new film could have been a train wreck. Instead, it’s a masterpiece.’