THE OPINION OF THE “WORLD” – WHY NOT
We no longer know very well what fictions to invent to welcome the “freak out” made man that Nicolas Cage has become, a ruined and marginalized man who was offered a second youth by becoming an Internet and geekery star. international. Here he is now hiding in tailor-made B series, objects painfully aware of being promised a destiny of small cult objects, simply because of the presence of the actor on the bill.
Problem: the great nonsense of Cagien no longer has the splendor of its glorious years (the bad lieutenant, by Werner Herzog, his masterpiece, in 2009), and the man locked himself in a single and unique register which eventually got boring. The actoral hubris woven with autoparody has become a predictable fair number, in front of which one cannot help suppressing a few yawns.
Renfield puts a coin back in the machine by offering Cage the opportunity for a metamorphosis that was missing from his transformist catalog: here he is in the trappings of a megalomaniac Dracula maintaining a toxic relationship with his servant, RM Renfield (Nicholas Hoult), who , in today’s world, is responsible for finding innocent victims to quench his master’s bloodlust.
Witnessing an act of bravery, the valet-vampire realizes that a life is possible outside of evil. Here he is decided to hang up his apron as an employee, with the support of a support group that helps him get rid of the grip of a narcissistic boss and a pretty policewoman with whom he will face the local mafia.
Romance, gangster film, action blockbuster, fantastic B series, gore parody… Renfield stacks genres like Dracula the victims, taking everything that comes to hand to better camouflage his narrative nothingness. And, at regular intervals, Nicolas Cage passes a head for a horror number doped with digital effects which visually retraces a whole history of vampire cinema – from Tod Browning to the films of the Hammer, passing by the Dracula (1992) by Francis Ford Coppola.
And it is undoubtedly the only interest of this feature film to replace Cage in a line of fairground actors that are Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and Lon Chaney. He is their heir, but as if lost and rendered bloodless by an overdose of saturday night nanars. Let’s bet that one day a film will emancipate itself from buffoonery to offer it the rest of a little first degree.
American film by Chris McKay. With Nicolas Cage, Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina (1h33).