By Thomas Puhr
If a precocious, 15-year-old D&D enthusiast was force-fed LSD and given carte blanche to make any movie they wanted, the end product might look something like Panos Cosmatos' latest. Mandy is visually gorgeous, but it is Nicolas Cage’s performance as Red Miller, a man seeking revenge against the cult that murdered his beloved Mandy (Andrea Riseborough), that seals the deal. Though gloriously unhinged (especially when his enemies’ heads start rolling), Cage also imbues his character with genuine pathos. The late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score, finished shortly before his death, does not disappoint. In short, Mandy is off-the-wall crazy and often exhilarating.