Having watched the Meta series "Episodes" with Matt LeBlanc, I was definitely game for a Nicolas Cage Meta film and was not disappointed! I didn't even realize how many of his films that I've seen until they were mentioned in the movie. Whether or not you like his style of acting, Cage's charisma and incredible screen presence cannot be denied, and this movie is on par with his best. I don't think it's particularly easy to play yourself on screen, and Cage did it with aplomb.
Now I come to my favorite part of the movie and that is pretty much every scene with Pedro Pascal! Besides the brilliant chemistry that Cage and Pascal have together, Pascal matches Cage for stage presence and you can't help but like his character. I remember Pascal as the sensuously dangerous Oberyn Martel in Game of Thrones, so it was delightful to see him in a more comedic role. There was a scene with him and Cage where I laughed so hard that I shed a tear or two- I may rewind the movie and watch that scene again (it brought me joy.)
(A side note, Sharon Horgan, who I absolutely love, was just great in her small role as Cage's ex-wife!)
The movie definitely mixes genre, but it's self aware about it-and that's what I found so engaging. Many have remarked that the action scenes at the end were kind of "clunky." But, honestly I didn't mind that - I think that was part of the point - it was almost Meta within Meta - how Nicolas Cage has done so well in the box office in action role, but his best roles have been character driven.
Anyway, I thought it was fun and I recommend. :)