Pig

Pig ★★★★½

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

Pig really creeps up on you. It starts off feeling like it must be Taken meets The Revenant, but not much longer after that, you realize it’s about much more. Themes of grief, family, and passion pop up, along with this existential, capitalistic undertone that sort of is the reason why the film’s tragic plot happens to begin with.

Nicolas Cage when he caps his Cage-rage to a more reserved, palatable level is really capable of turning in a great performance. And I thought he was pretty great in this. You all haven’t undersold his power in this one.

The “Eurydice” (lots to unwrap with just that) restaurant scene, where Rob goes on the long monologue about why the chef should’ve opened up his pub instead of a soulless, modern restaurant is a definite (existential) highlight of the film. Also this film probably has the best food reaction scene since Ratatouille

The camerawork is lovely throughout. Loved the scene where Rob gets the salted baguette. The super wide shot between him and his former baking partner. It’s not a flashy restaurant, but it somehow has more personality than the Eurydice restaurant could ever hope for. All of the forest camerawork is stellar, too. That pig! 

I’m on Fire” is one of the best songs of all-time, and its inclusion in this film is wonderful.

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