Pig. Review.

This author is a huge fan of the Edinburgh Film Festival. He has attended multiple Pixar screenings and as well as other events down the years enter the always enjoyed himself Knowing that the event was coming back in 2020 with a partially in-person programme This author was keen. to take part. Unfortunately, he did not end up attending. Pig was one of the films on the programme he had been looking forward to. Good buzz has been building out of the US for the past several months. With it playing on the big screen two days after its UK premiere it made the most sense to simply see it when available at a local centre. So on the Friday of release, the film became that week high priority theatrical watch. The question is how was it?
Incredible. The ultimate example of how to elevate a potential meme premise into something truly special. Nicolas Cage plays a remote truffle hunter who travels to the big city with Alex Wolff to retrieve his prize pig. What could have been a willies Wonderland ask one-joke idea instead transforms. It becomes a wonderfully empathetic look at grief, fame love and the value of true emotional connection. All Well holding on to a certain level of populism in its discussion of these ideas. This will hopefully make the 90 minutes resonate with audiences beyond those drawn in by the acclaim on the art house circuit. All of this is toplined by a wonderful central performance from Nicolas Cage. It’s not a turn that is entirely unrecognisable given Cages is very distinctive vocal delivery. That said the amount of raw emotion distilled through every scene gives Cage’s work a quiet power that dozens of films reliant on star power alone simply don’t possess. It’s a performance worthy of major road recognition. Unfortunately given the timing and release date it’s highly unlikely to get any.
Pig is a wonderfully meditative experience. The experience is so much more than what it might look like on the surface. Critically it is also Universal in its ideas and themes. It has the potential to break out beyond the typical audience for mid-tier modern American independent movies. Whether it does this in the long term remains to be seen. It most certainly deserves to.

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