Quit making fun of Nic Cage for just one second and watch the trailer for Joe, in which the oft-lampooned actor actually looks good.
Cage appears to be giving a subtle performance as a man who develops a relationship with an abused boy he hires. The film, also starring Mud's Tye Sheridan, looks to occupy the same Southern Gothic territory of that Matthew McConaughey film, yet comes by way of director David Gordon Green. Green, who made a name for himself with indies like George Washington and All the Real Girls before directing the well-received Pineapple Express and the less-well-received Your Highness and The Sitter, has had a career renaissance of sorts last year with Prince Avalanche. He's also no stranger to the Southern Gothic vibe, having directed Jamie Bell in 2004's Undertow.
Cage's performance was well-received when the film showed at the Venice Film Festival, so hold your jokes.
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