Wish the film was more comfortable sticking with its more eccentric first half instead of divulging into a generic spy caper narrative in its back half that saps the vitality and distinctive modes of meta-comedy it was crafting. The dynamic between Pedro Pascal and Nicholas Cage is the heart of this film. The choice to tether it to a more traditional narrative plotting feels like a cop-out as if producers were concerned with an eccentric buddy comedy between these two wasn't enough to sustain the film. In conforming to this more by-the-numbers third act for the presumed sake of bombast, the film ultimately feels like it becomes something it was inevitably critiquing, and loses much of the personality and specificity of its focus that made the first half so enjoyable. Pedro Pascal the MVP of this one and I just wish much of the film had the courage to focus on the relationship between these two wildly eccentric characters instead of needing a plot device that "raises the stakes".
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