Aaron’s review published on Letterboxd:
There's only one Nick Cage. He's the only one something like this would make sense for, and he does it like only he can. What a guy.
It's a little hack (especially in the second half), but I think any "hack" elements of it were done so intentionally to accentuate the absurdity and the point it was trying to make — which is fine, and kind of a ballsy creative choice — but it kinda rendered the movie unrateable. It's not a normal movie. There's a joke in there about taking a "dramatic character study for adults" and then giving it a more general-audiences friendly "hook," and then they did exactly that in the second and third act. So freaking meta, like every other major American release in the last 3 months, it seems like.
I enjoyed it. The Nic Cage references were obviously all very funny, and Pedro Pascal is wonderful as always, kinda stealing the show from Cage himself.
Sarah and I feel like we have to do a Nick Cage marathon over the summer now. I hope we do.