"Every half a decade or so Nicolas Cage does a film to remind us how talented an actor he really is. “Joe” is one of these films."
I once got into a fight with someone about Nicolas Cage and whether he was a fraud. I don’t think he is. Every odd year he does a small film that really shows his talent and stretches his ability. He’s been doing it for years, it started with “Rasing Arizona,” then went on to classics like “Red Rock West,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Adaptation,” and “Lord of War.”
Now we have “Joe” written and directed by David Gordon Green (“George Washington,” “Pineapple Express”) returning to his roots in dramatic film. Push past Nicolas Cage’s ridiculous hair and awful fake beard and It’s really a great film, sure to be one of the best of the year. I don’t know him, but I think he’s used to a lifestyle that forces him to take a lot of work and make a ton of money to live it. Can’t fault him for that, clearly he enjoys life.