Saturday, April 26, 2014
Nicolas Cage frequently falls into this category. Many people assume the Oscar winner is basically a lost cause by this point. Sure, he's done a few good films within the last few years, but he's been in more misfires than hits.
Thankfully, David Gordon Green's Joe proves that Cage hasn't gone away just yet. Like his Oscar-nominated work in Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation, Joe showcases how Cage is one of those actors with a burning fire within him. It's only a matter of time before that fire is unleashed.
In a way, Joe is much like last year's Mud. (Not just because both films feature Tye Sheridan.) Both Joe and Mud feature a man with a criminal past essentially being idolized by a young boy. It also becomes quite clear that said adoration could be a costly decision. (It should also be noted that Mud is darker than Joe in some regards.)
Anyway, Joe is one of those films that lingers in your mind afterwards. Cage and Sheridan are great but special mention must go to Gary Poulter. On a different note, I should see some of Green's other films.
My Rating: *****