Pig ★★★★

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This review may contain spoilers.

Cage is by a wide margin my favorite living actor so I figured I’d say a few things about this film. It’s definitely his best in years and a performance which really asks him to focus on his interior energy and the overall thoughtfulness of his face. What I love though about this film and performance is the one thing that I didn’t know going in. This is a buddy film and that plays so well both as a movie and as a medium for Cage to work on. The way he and his younger counterpart interact develops such a sweetness and care. It’s a relationship based in transaction, but the film makes the point that transaction can be meaningful when the human element is treated seriously. Just compare the way they depend upon each other against how the friend’s father is who he is. This sort of thesis is spelled out with Derek, the other chef, and how he is disposed of by pointing out how there is no personality to his transactions. He doesn’t care about his food nor costumers nor they about him. This idea is so beautifully translatable to all mediums. Just as a teacher I’ve seen many of my peers who are indifferent to the curriculum and how the students experience it just so long as they hit their marks. There are a lack of Cages in the world and it’s nice to know a film which encourages passion in relationships in this manner.

All of this weirdly reminded me of Bringing Out the Dead which the film probably has the most in common with.

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