Willy’s Wonderland (2021) Review


Directed By: Kevin Lewis

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta & Beth Grant

Synopsis: The legend Nic Cage takes on a set of violent animatronic amusement park mascots in this action packed, nail-biting tale of terror that will take you on the ride of your life. Stranded in a remote town with a car that won’t work and no way to pay the local repair shop, The Janitor (Nic Cage) agrees to spend the night in an abandoned theme park full of animatronic characters that were once a joy to the kids of the town, but now hold a dark secret. As night falls, these once happy mascots come to life and they’re out for blood. Survive at any cost, it’s only one night! Willy’s Wonderland stars Nic Cage (Mandy) alongside Emily Tosta and Beth Grant. Directed by Kevin Lewis.

Review: Nick Cage returns on fine Cage form here as a character we only know as The Janitor and hot dog he is one badass.

Cage oozes cool, from the moment we see him on screen tearing through the back roads in his muscle car to watching him annihilate the psychotic animatronics in a way that would make Jason Voorhees flinch! The Janitor is a force to be reckoned with.

Director Kevin Lewis really gets the most badassness ( I feel I can use that wording when Cage is involved) out of Cage! With saying that Cage’s performance is solely through body language and expressions as his character never utters a single word. He is almost like a character from a Western movie, he rolls into town and takes cares of business Eastwood style in a Jason Voorhees manor (as previously mentioned).

For Cage fans that like to see him uncaged this movie is going to be a delight, we have Cage dancing and rocking out to the classic rhyme head, shoulders, knees and toes, we see play some pinball and down energy drinks while also dancing around, will not lie, Cage dancing at the pin ball machine was a classic moment.

When it comes to Cage Vs the animatronics he doesn’t even bat an eyelid he turns into a complete savage and literally rips the stuffing out of them and black bags the pieces and gets back to work. It’s almost like Cage has done this before.

Our canon-foder to increase the body count are a group of teens who we are given a quick briefing of who enter Willy’s Wonderland to burn it down as one of the teens has past history with the place and wants to see Willy’s Wonderland and the animatronics burn. Apart from the lead girl played by Emily Tosta, we don’t really care for the other teens.

Cage is no stranger to the horror genre and this movie splashes together action and horror it also has an 80’s feel brushed through it with an accompanying soundtrack that is more than fitting. While there is no out right jump scares, the gore is splattered in for good effect.

Overall, watching Cage let loose for an hour and half was an evening well spent. Willy’s Wonderland is pure Cage adrenaline that delivers shot after shot!


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