The Weather Man

GORE VERBINSKI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA/Germany, 2005, Escape Artists, Kumar Mobiliengesellschaft mbH & Co. Projekt Nr. 2 KG.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Nicolas Cage plays a Chicago weather reporter whose life couldn’t possibly be less fulfilling: his ex-wife (Hope Davis) has no intention of trying to restore their union, his pre-teen son (Nicholas Hoult) is constantly getting into trouble and his overweight daughter is in a self-destructive funk. On top of this, his disapproving father (Michael Caine), a successful writer, is constantly judging him for his life choices. Cage is up for promotion to a national weather position in New York, something he hopes will improve his chances to put his family back together, but this doesn’t stop him from doubting himself on a regular basis. That inspired rarity, a brilliant studio film with Nicolas Cage, has managed to happen in this touching, hilarious and absorbing film. That it’s directed by Gore Verbinski, a filmmaker with such charming classics as Mouse Hunt, The Mexican and Pirates of The Caribbean in his repertoire, is, in my snobby opinion, even more of a surprise. However, there it stands: Cage gives another brilliant performance to challenge his work in Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation., and Caine underscores his scenes with challenging subtlety.

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