Another Nicolas Cage movie… ugh. Need we remind you of Ghost Rider? The Wicker Man? National Treasure?
But wait… not so fast. This one is different—supposedly.
After its showings at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, Joe is being heralded as a major comeback for the star as a film that reminds you ( as this glowing review puts it) “how Cage became a movie star in the first damned place—by being a remarkable actor.” Not to mention, it’s already got an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Based on the Larry Brown novel of the same name, Cage plays the titular Joe, a 50-year-old ex-con who drinks a little too much to make good decisions—like, for instance, not punching police officers. Trying to stay out of trouble becomes even more complicated after Joe forms a friendship with 15-year-old Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan). Young Gary has led a nomadic life, trying to support his family, who are at the mercy of their deadbeat patriarch. Seeing a kindred spirit, Joe steps in as a father figure to the boy—which might land him back in jail when faced with Gary’s abusive dad.
If you want to know what a Nicolas Cage comeback looks like, and if you love Southern Gothics, this film hits theaters April 11, 2014.