28th Apr2021

‘Willy’s Wonderland’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Rick Reitz, Beth Grant, Caylee Cowan, Willy Weasel | Written by G.O. Parsons | Directed by Kevin Lewis

When a quiet drifter is tricked into becoming a janitor for the condemned titular Willy’s Wonderland, everything seems to be going to plan and the closed down building should claim yet another victim. When the animatronic entertainers wake up looking for blood though, little do they know that the janitor has other plans for their Wonderland of terror.

The story of a drifter getting trapped in a small town and forced to work for the locals is not a new one at all, so movie fans may even sigh at the start of the movie. The difference of course is that this driver is Nicholas Cage, a man credited in the movie as simply “The Janitor”. From the moment the doors are locked, and he starts his work, is the moment this turns from the movie version of Fight Nights at Freddy’s the movie, to Nicholas Cage the movie.

Along with Cage there are a few local kids who have found their way in to try and end Willy’s reign of terror once of all. Led by Liv (Emily Tosta) who has her own reasons for trying to destroy the animatronics, Cage’s character has little care live or die. To be fair though, they don’t care about him either.

While most of the cast are of course unlikable characters, Cage and his performance as the Janitor is strangely charismatic and likable, even though he never speaks a word. He kills each of the demonic animatronics, he takes his breaks, and he kicks ass. It is fair to say though that Liv is also likable to the audience and has the most fleshed out story and Emily Tosta plays the part well. Another performance worth noting is also Beth Grant who plays Sheriff Lund, the mother figure to Liv and a person trapped in keeping Willy’s Wonderland contained. Beth Grant continues to show her versatility and ability to take any role no matter how out there it is and give a shining performance.

Willy’s Wonderland is very much “Nicholas Cage: The Movie” and that is no bad thing at all. Fans of Cage will know what he is capable of, both at his worst and at his best. I’d not say that this is his best performance, but you can tell he is enjoying what he is doing in the movie, and when Cage enjoys his roles it often brings out the best of the movie.

For Cage fans and horror fans who want an all out silly movie full of blood, guts, and Cage, then this is the movie for them. With a surprisingly good soundtrack and plenty of action, Willy’s Wonderland may have many flaws, but it is also a lot of fun, and sometimes that is all we need.

Blu-ray Special features:

  • Interview with Nicolas Cage “The Janitor”

****½  4.5/5

Willy’s Wonderland is out now on DVD & Blu-ray from Signature Entertainment. Also check out Kev’s glowing review of the film right here.
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Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek

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