in my opinion
Nicolas Cage is great in this as per usual but the rest of the movie varies from chuckle-worthy self depreciative millenial humor to weird copaganda to nauseating (tongue-in-cheek?) self-help slop. Fairly standard for a post 00's big studio comedy (i.e. mostly dogshit). I liked the Dracula jokes, although this feels like one of those awful "Kick Life In The B*lls and F*ck Its Ass" self help book brought to life with a Dracula story shoehorned in as the hook.
It's easy to relate to this movie. The dialogue of each character sound smore like an internal monologue, as if people really spoke what they were thinking. Everybody has those evil little moments, where you just want to drive over someone's head or whatever. This movie exposes people for the grotesque, broken, hopeless, lonely beings we are.
You gotta laugh at the blatantly horrible shit in this movie, just like you have to laugh in the face of real tragedy lest it consume you. Life is awful for everybody, and we're all out here suffering alone together. Tragically hilarious
Interesting character study with plenty of meaningful points to make with regards to ethics in the creation of art/"separating the art from the artist."
Lydia holds herself in an incredibly high regard, and in many aspects she's earned it. We see her throw her weight around specifically when she expresses the desire to skip the democratic process to select a new assistant conductor, asserting that her word is final and thereby the only one that matters. She revels in talking…