"'Easy' doesn't enter into grown-up life...."
However, the acting found throughout is also one of the finest aspects of The Weather Man (2005). Nicolas Cage has been in some cinematic duds in the past but he is truly spectacular in this film. Cage portrays this awkward weather man phenomenally, garnering laughs as well as sympathy, in what is easily his best performance. Michael Caine also steps in with a touching supporting performance as Dave's father Robert Spritzel, delivering a very stern and heartfelt performance - and other supporters Hope Davis, Nicholas Hoult, and especially Gemmenne de la Peña and are great as well with memorable turns.
A well-made and funny film about accepting what live brings us and who we are, The Weather Man is a very poignant film. Dave has screwed up in life and is not always a nice guy - but the audience really feels for him. Still, it is also hard not to laugh at Dave's hardships. The Weather Man is a very effective dark comedy (and when is it not funny just to see people get hit with food?). The film's screenplay is one of the best written in years; a character-centered, and very moving main plot with cutting and extremely funny dialogue. Dave's plight hits home with a lot of contemporary viewers - especially, I think, males (especially introverts, like me) - as we can identify with Dave's lack of confidence in himself and his family problems that embody the common breakdown of the American family unit that we fight to preserve.
The Weather Man has become one of those tragedies of movies: being a brilliant but unappreciated film. Not your traditional Indie or Hollywood comedy, it seems to me that few know what how to react to this film. An odd and dreary but also funny and moving film, few have the excellent mix of emotion, humor, and style that is The Weather Man.
CBC Rating: 10/10