Pig

Pig ★★★★★

This ain't the "John Wick" meets "Babe" movie that was sold to us ... it's something infinitely more special. "Pig" is a profoundly sad and powerful rumination on grief. It's a call for artists to be true to themselves. It's also an exquisite foodie movie. That it's the feature writing/directing debut of Michael Sarnoski makes it all the more impressive and makes him a name to watch in the years to come. This is some of the best work of Nicolas Cage's career - simultaneously towering and quiet. I can't imagine there will be five lead actor performances better than this one in 2021. It'll be unjust if Cage isn't nominated for and/or winning scads of awards come year's end. Alex Wolff and Adam Arkin also give awards-worthy performances. Hell, supporting players such as Nina Belforte and David Knell (it's amazing how expressive this dude's face is!) do stellar work in single scenes. This would pair equally beautifully in a double bill with either "Chef" or "Mandy." I encourage y'all to go into this knowing as little as possible. Just know that the bulk of the violence is of the emotional variety. I couldn't love this movie anymore if I tried. It's easily my favorite film of 2021 thus far. You could say I'm BIG on the "Pig." Now excuse me while I queue up Cassandra Violet's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" and continue crying.

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