The Reviewing Network’s Favorite Movies #36: The Weather Man

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The Weather Man is a 2005 American drama film, directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Steve Conrad, it stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis, and tells the story of a weatherman in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Released on October 28, 2005, the film had a total gross of just over $19 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics.

It was not that big of a bomb since it cost $22 million to make BUT it was quickly forgotten after it was released by most people…except for me BUT let’s get to the question at hand? Is this the best movie that Nicolas Cage has done as an actor? Well, let’s look at the plot:

Dave Spritz is a local weatherman in his home town of Chicago, where his career is going well while his personal life — his relationship with his perfectionist writer father, his neurotic ex-wife, and his now-separated children — is spiraling downward. Despite being both loathed and loved by the local masses, Dave is a guy who doesn’t seem to have it all together, and in this film, he begins to feel it. An attractive job offer presents Dave with a major question: to pursue his career in New York City, or to remain at home with his family.

I know I’ve stated that Cage has not been that great of an actor in the past but when he gets a really great role, he pulls it off perfectly and The Weather Man is such a great role for him.

Directed by Gore Verbinski, The Weather Man is a brilliantly acted and well-written dark comedy with not only a great performance by Nicolas Cage but also Hope Davis, Gil Bellows, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Caine.

The movie has nice cinematography, a good story, great dark comedy, and I never got bored watching it.

It crashed and burned at the box office and was not that great of a critical success but the movie is a really great underrated gem that proves that Nicolas Cage can be a great actor and when he gets the right role, he knocks it out of the park and The Weather Man is one of those movies.

It inspired me a lot because it proved that in a time where loud blockbusters reign supreme, there are still movies like this that are reminiscent of the way movies used to be, very story driven and competently handled.

To say whether or not this is Cage’s best as an actor, it’s a really close call because as much as I like how Cage kept himself toned down in this role, it’s hard to choose this role over his role in Leaving Las Vegas, both performances are equally as great and are radically different than anything that Cage had played in other films. Both of them are great roles that showcase Cage at his finest.

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