I reviewed pretty much all of Nicolas Cages’ films that are available on blu-ray but here’s a new film from 2021 titled Willy’s Wonderland. Let’s takes a closer look, this is my Willy’s Wonderland blu-ray review.
This is a bit of an odd film which actually is a good thing in my opinion.
It’s a mix of action, comedy and horror, oh and Nicolas Cage never says a word. The UK blu-ray release is by Signature Entertainment and at the time of writing this movie review you can pick up Willy’s Wonderland for around £6 on Amazon.
- Willy’s Wonderland (2021)
- Genre: Action, Comedy Horror
- Directed by Kevin Lewis
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released by Signature Entertainment
- Blu-ray Released: 19th April 2021
When a drifter’s (Nicolas Cage) car breaks down in Hayesville, Nevada the mechanic refuses payment via credit card. He wants cash and tells the stranger he can earn the money required for the car repairs by working at Willy’s Wonderland as a night-shift janitor. The owner Tex Macadoo shows the stranger the ropes and says he will return in the morning along with his newly repaired car.
Meanwhile a teenager, Liv Hawthorne is trying to burn down Willy’s Wonderland but is stopped by the sheriff. She sees the stranger enter Willy’s Wonderland and decides to return with her friends to get him out.
Inside Willy’s Wonderland the drifter gets about cleaning the place but he soon becomes aware he’s not alone. The restaurant’s eight animatronic mascots Willy Weasel, Arty Alligator, Cammy Chameleon, Ozzie Ostrich, Knighty Knight, Tito Turtle, Gus Gorilla, and Siren Sara seem to be alive!
Style / Direction
Director Kevin Lewis delivers a weird and wacky action, comedy-horror that personally I liked. The art style and lighting is very striking inside Willy’s Wonderland. The cinematographer for the film was David Newbert.
Music / Audio Effects
The film’s score comes from Émoi, but its the ‘Its your birthday’ song that stick in the mind long after the credits have rolled.
Acting / Characters
Even with Nicolas Cage not speaking he still manages to produce a compelling and funny performance. The teenagers are all decent in their roles but this is very much Nicolas Cage’s movie.
- Nicolas Cage as the Janitor
- Emily Tosta as Liv Hawthorne
- Beth Grant as Sheriff Eloise Lund
- David Sheftell as Deputy Evan Olson
- Ric Reitz as Tex Macadoo
- Chris Warner as Jed Love
- Kai Kadlec as Chris Muley
- Caylee Cowan as Kathy Barnes
- Terayle Hill as Bob McDaniel
- Christian Del Grosso as Aaron Powers
- Jonathan Mercedes as Dan Lorraine
- Grant Cramer as Jerry Robert Willis
- Chris Padilla as Jim Hawthorne
- Olga Cramer as Judy Hawthorne
- Kamia Arrington as Little Liv
Conclusion: Willy’s Wonderland (2021) Film Review
I’m sure some people will hate this movie but I really enjoyed it and appreciate Nicolas Cage and the filmmakers trying something weird and wacky! I mean how many well known actors would have taken on this role?
Cage is always looking for something new and different which should be applauded.
Sure not all of them come off but I really do think Willy’s Wonderland (2021) will become a cult classic, in fact it probably already is!
I strongly recommend you give it a look / chance.
If you’ve enjoyed my Willy’s Wonderland blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- A Score to Settle (2019)
- Color Out of Space (2019)
- Kill Chain (2019)
- Running with the Devil (2019)
- Primal (2019)
- Jiu Jitsu (2020)
Conclusion: Willy’s Wonderland (2021) Blu-ray Review
The film is only from 2021 so has no issues on the picture quality side. I’m actually impressed with Signature Entertainment bringing these Nicolas Cage movies to blu-ray instead of DVD only. They also released Jiu Jitsu (2020) on bluray at the beginning of the year. Great job!
On the extras side they have included a few little features that I’ve listed below and are definitely worth a look.
- Inside The Fun (Behind The Scenes)
- Colourful Darkness Amd The Demon-Atrons
- Willy’s Wonderland Set Tour
On to my movie rating for Willy’s Wonderland (2021)
MOVIE RATING: VERY GOOD
BLU-RAY RATING: PERFECT
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
Amazon UK Links
Willy’s Wonderland (2021) is available now on blu-ray.
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For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may NOT be representative of the blu-ray version
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Summary: Willy's Wonderland (2021) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Willy's Wonderland (2021)
Duration: 93 mins
Director(s): Kevin Lewis
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, David Sheftell, Ric Reitz, Chris Warner
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
Nicolas Cage is on awesome form in this weird and wacky action comedy horror
- Visually Impressive
- Nicolas Cage Is Good Without Speaking
- Weird & Wacky