National Treasure (2004) – A Gem From My Childhood

As I get older the more, I realize that a lot of movies I loved as a kid are pretty bad. So, I’m often too scared to revisit some. But when I saw that this classic was on Disney+, I couldn’t resist. Now… it’s no masterpiece. But I will say, sixteen years later, it’s still a lot of fun.

For anyone who doesn’t know, National Treasure is a movie where Nick Cage searches for a treasure that was supposedly hidden in America after a secret group called the Templars brought it over after stealing it during the crusades. Cage uses his advanced knowledge of American History to follow the clues, one of which being hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

I don’t remember what exactly I loved about it as a kid, but as an adult, I definitely love it because of the big goofy cheesy film it is. Maybe it’s my nostalgia taking over. But I feel like this movie isn’t half bad.  I mean, who wouldn’t immediately smile as Nick Cage completely seriously says “I’m going to steal the Declaration of Independence.” That’s just good, fun, cinema. Or what about when one of the clues is on the back of a standard issue $100 bill? Campy goodness. Or when Nick Cage jumps off an aircraft carrier to escape the FBI? It’s all just goofy fun. Plus, the cast is great, Nick Cage. Sean Bean as the bad guy. Christopher Plummer is in a short scene at the beginning. Justin Bartha does a great job as Cage’s sidekick. Diane Kruger is always a delight to see on screen.

I don’t know. I feel like this movie could have easily been boring and forgettable. But the energy that Nick Cage bring into the movie and the way he sells all the goofy lines and plot points just makes the movie so much better.

Again, I am fully prepared to accept that my nostalgia is affecting me. But I don’t care. Nick Cage steals the Declaration of Independence. If that is not cool then I don’t know what is.

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