Pig: Nicolas Cage superb … almost too much for the film! [critique]

John Wick at the hipster cooks of Portland? Don’t leave: it’s a lot smarter, more elegant and funnier than it looks.

We stole the pig from Nicolas cage. Okay, no problem, this sentence sums up the starting point of Pig. But if you expected a copy and paste of John wick with ham packed by Cage, you will pay for it. The first martial art that you will see there is the profession of the actor, decidedly indestructible, who embodies a hermit supplier of mushrooms thanks to his adorable truffle sow. The second martial art: cooking. Because Pig explore a underworld very close to that of John wick, with New York super-assassins in suits, cooks and dining staff instead engaging in clandestine fights behind the scenes of trendy palaces and eateries in Portland, the mecca of US hipsters. This is where the film’s stroke of genius lies: watching the gentrification of a world on the verge of falling via a stinky truffle-hunter bum (Cage looks great, almost too much for the movie, as in Joe) gone to find his most faithful friend. No, this is not a castagne film, and the epilogue will also nicely thwart the vengeful argument thanks to the ancestral art of haute-cuisine-no jutsu. Sometimes at the risk of slowing down the action in favor of the over-stretched contemplative (this is the first feature by Michael Sarnoski, which perhaps lacks a little bottle for its subject): we repeat, if you expect a new cacheton direct-to-video de Cage, or a meta reflection on his life and work, you are going to be disappointed. But if you sit down at the table without too much preconception, the meal is served.

Of Michael Sarnoski. With Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin… Duration 1h31. Released on October 27, 2021

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