Throughout the year of 2018 I kept hearing about this Nic Cage joint called Mandy. I have become extremely cynical in the past few years and believe that if everyone is praising a film that it is most likely balls. Train to Busan and What we do in the Shadows are great examples of this.
I later found out that most people who loved Train to Busan had never seen South Korean films before (something I've been watching since 2006) and people who loved What we do in the Shadows are weirdos without a sense of humor. This is all beside the point. I'm here to talk about Mandy, not some movies that no one cares about anymore.
Mandy is so much fun. If you enjoy Nic Cage being totally crazy, you'll enjoy this movie. There's not much I can say about it that other reviewers haven't already said. However, if you like pulp fantasy, crazy Nic Cage, and over the top violence, I can guarantee you'll have a great time.
One of the things I didn't hear touched on that I absolutely adored was the title cards. They are so beautiful and really reminded me of a time when book covers gave a damn. This is seriously one of my favorite aspects of the film. I know that it seems like such a miniscule detail, but it really helped give the film character.
I think one of the things that I dislike about most modern films is that they feel like products. There doesn't seem to be any love and care put into films anymore. They don't have character or heart. However, Mandy was so pumped full of love that I swear this movie is pregnant. Everyone mentions Cheddar Goblin because it's such a strange commercial that's placed in the middle of this film. However, that commercial has more heart than most Hollywood films.
Seriously, I cannot recommend this film enough. Oh, the evil cult didn't really seem to have a specific religion. They had some inklings of Christianity but I didn't feel like it was this insane group of Christians like a lot of Hollywood movies tend to rely upon.
Oh, there's this really cool part where Mandy is on drugs and slowly transforms into the cult leader and then transforms back into him. Yes, I know it sounds weird but dammit, that was so cool!
I cannot accurately describe this movie but I do highly recommend it.