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- sheba1624Mar 10, 2010by
Cage and the Weather
Nobody does comic existential angst like Nicolas Cage, who gets a good workout in The Weather Man, an underrated slice of quiet desperation. Cage plays David Spritz, a Chicago TV meteorologist who knows only too well the constant uncertainty of predicting the weather. Despite a possible offer from a network morning show, David's life is a mess: he's estranged from his kids and irritated wife (Hope Davis), he's perpetually at odds with his remote father (Michael Caine), and lately people on the street have had the disconcerting habit of throwing food at him. Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) has perhaps too heavy a touch for this kind of comic melancholy, but screenwriter Steven Conrad has an interesting, almost Mamet-like ear for "written" dialogue--Cage has a few voiceover monologues, including an uproarious sequence involving tartar sauce and a walk to the store, that are hugely funny. It's possible that we've seen Cage in this kind of character one too many times, but he's still good at it, and his doleful face and pasted-on smile fit the mood of the picture. Unlike the heroes of most Hollywood movies, David Spritz doesn't always--or often--do the right thing, but Cage makes you want to see the poor sap make it.
Popular Chicago weatherman Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) has a shot at the big time when a national morning television show calls him for an audition. Professionally, Dave is on top of the world, but his personal life is in complete disarray. The harder he tries to hold on, the more he loses his grip. His painful divorce, his Pulitzer Prize-winning dad's (Michael Caine) illness, and trouble with his kids have Dave poised on the knife's edge between stability and calamity. Trying to gain control of his situation, Dave slowly comes to realize that life, much like the weather, is completely unpredictable.Read full review
- neon1771Dec 29, 2006by
You have to be intelligent to understand this movie
This movie isn't a happy go lucky story where all the characters have fake happy lives and everyone lives happily ever after. So if you are looking for a fake movie, look somewhere else. BUT it's real and it's raw to the core about a man who has yet to find himself and who he is as a person, while struggling with day to day problems with life and family. His insecurities and unhappiness at his failures is something almost everyone can relate to at one point or another.
Nick Cage offers such a tremendous performance bringing a character alive that is REAL, and we can see his pain and understand his need for acceptance, which is genuine and one who cares deeply for his children. The emotion, photography, metaphors and artistic screen plays are amazing and I was blown away by how well it was all put together. There are tiny things like repetitive shapes and colors that to the normal average viewer go unappreciated. The photography and feel of the movie is powerful.
I rented it thinking it might be lame, and I am going out to buy the movie full price because it's worth every penny. If you’re looking for a feel good flick which takes no intelligence to watch, then this isn’t the movie for you. You have to have respect and understanding for the art of film making and design to truly understand everything this movie has to offer. It was fabulous.Read full review
- 410849951@delet...May 02, 2008by
The Weather Man (2006, DVD)
This movie is rated R and running time is 101 minutes. Nicolas Cage stars as David Spritz a highly paid weatherman in Chicago. He doesn't get much respect from his neighboring audience and is often hit by flying fast food. David is divorced and struggles to be a meaningful part of his children's lives as his wife introduces her fiance into the picture. His father(Michael Caine) hopes for more from him and is often his adviser. He is really disappointed in his life and fed up, his only outlet is archery and scaring the people hitting him with fast food. As it is David works hard to make changes to bring happiness into the life of his family. This movie takes a close look at how hard it can be to have a meaningful life in the fast lane. Special features include Becoming a Weatherman, Atmospheric Pressure, Trade Winds and more.Read full review
- reds_rendersOct 12, 2007by
No Flame-head Here
The Weather Man is a thriving professional to the eyes of many, however about him there is much more he needs to discover and this is what truly lured me into this film.
I was expecting a comedy, to have a laugh and see Nicolas Cage whose performance is usually a treat. However, the dilemmas the main character faces with his family and the situations his children encounter along the way reminded me of the tribulations most of us adults fail to admit in life. There is nothing free; there is nothing easy in growing up.
Definitely a film that made me think, reminisce and enjoy the bitter sweet situations that can happen to anyone regardless of how successful we are. It breaks stereotypes and makes us think about the people around us, what may be behind the mask.
I would definitely recommend this film, a little complex, dark and whimsical but a truly unique film.Read full review
- shortcake0770Jul 02, 2009by
The darker side of life and the struggles we endure
Nicolas Cage gives us another stellar performance. Personally I do not envy him this role but his talent as an actor is what saves this movie from total destruction. I do not believe anyone else could have pulled off this performance My highest regards for Nic Cage and my reccommendations for this movie to anyone who enjoys a life struggle, tearing your life apart and putting it under a microscope to come to terms with yourself movie. Not for everyone but a good production for the type of film it is. Thank you Nicolas Cage.