Few actors divide opinion as much as Nicholas Cage. Is he a gifted actor, as indicated by his numerous awards or is he, in fact, a really bad actor?. Those arguing the latter case need look no further than 1994’s abomination of a comedy Trapped In Paradise. Which is not a good movie. At all.
In fairness, despite being a pretty decent cast on paper, few of the actors associated with this mess come out of it with much credit. But Cage is particularly bad and it seems almost beyond belief that the same actor would turn in an Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas the following year. But somehow he did just that.
Trapped in Paradise though, is genuinely without merit. It isn’t funny, the characters are all largely unlikable and what little plot there is has more holes than a colander.
Score for Christmasishness
Bad though the movie undoubtedly is, there is no escaping the fact that it is pretty Christmas(ish). It’s mainly set on Christmas Eve, in a town not dissimilar to the Bedford Falls of It’s a Wonderful Life. There are Christmas Trees, Christmas jumpers, presents, and no shortage of snow. None of which makes the movie any more watchable, but if you are going to struggle through it, then this is the time of year to do so.