The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans ★★★★½

I don't know if I'm maybe giving this such a high rating more because of how unexpectedly crazy this was rather than thinking it's actually that good. The rating might go down to a 4 after some consideration. Either way this was really, really good though! I've been meaning to check this out for ages, expecting one of the most serious and grounded Nic Cage films and performances. I was dead wrong.

While it is definitely at least in part a serious drama, Port of Call - New Orleans features one of the most unhinged (and one of the best) Cage performances I have seen so far. This movie starts out as a pretty interesting more typical cop film but turns into more and more of a very peculiar character study with one crazy incident or problem occuring after the other.

While his character is pretty despicable, Cage is a joy to watch in every scene and Herzog has perfect control over the changing tone of the film. Some scenes are are pretty thrilling and intense, while some other feel kinda surreal, like Cage being on drugs and eeing random Iguanas everywhere. But it works. This is also quite funny, there's a lot of great dark comedy. Overall, the film ended up being very different from what I expected, but it was a great time and very unique, I absolutely loved it.

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