Pig ★★★½

2021 Ranked

“We don’t get a lot of things to really care about.”

Wasn’t at all what I was expecting, but I enjoyed this slow burn ‘revenge’ drama. A quiet, rather introspective piece about loss, loneliness and love, that actually manages to be quite moving at times. I did find it to be a little slow at the start, and occasionally it can drag in the middle act but it manages to come together in a satisfying, if rather bleak way. 

A movie that’s main focus is a truffle hunter and his seller searching for a kidnapped pig shouldn’t work, but it does. Michael Sarnoski writes and directs a low-key and low stakes drama, with plenty of heartfelt moments that leave a lasting effect. I was also surprised by the few comedic elements that were scattered within, that felt natural and added to its overall tone. It’s stunningly shot, with gorgeous location shooting and stunning scenery. 

Nicholas Cage certainly steals the show as the lead here. A soft, and small performance that manages to capture the sadness and loneliness of his character perfectly. It once again shows that with a good script and direction, Cage can be an absolute powerhouse when he needs to be. He stars alongside Alex Wollf, who provides a decent performance, a good polar opposite to Cage’s softer demeanour in the movie, with the two playing off each other really well.

Can’t say I ‘loved it’ but it was enjoyable. A dark, slow and methodical drama with a great lead performance from Cage.

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