CHEF (2014)

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Starring: Jon Favreau, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Synopsis: A chef who loses his restaurant starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Chef has proved to be quite the critical hit since it’s release and I can only go along with the praise it’s received. I thought it was a fantastic movie. Initially I had doubts because of Jon Favreau’s name on it. Favreau isn’t an actor (or director) that does a lot for me, and his career hasn’t really hit the heights since his debut with Swingers. Much like his pal and co-star in that movie, Vince Vaughn, he seems to take the money and run in a lot of his work. You might get the odd decent moment but generally all pretty forgettable. Which is why Chef was such a treat.

Jon Favreau is someone who clearly loves cooking and his passion for thee subject shines through in Chef. It’s a great little movie, presumably made on a fairly small budget (certainly compared to another of his directorial efforts, Iron Man) but full of heart and great, likeable performances from tried and tested actors.

Favreau plays Carl, a top chef frustrated by the restrictions placed on him by restauranteur Dustin Hoffman. In a moment of anger he lambasts a food critic and winds up quitting his job. His estranged wife persuades him to buy a food truck and so he hits the road with his best pal and his son whom he finally starts to forge a relationship with. At this point the film could have turned all saccharine but it never really does. In fact, one of its flaws may well be that beyond his sacking, there isn’t really much that goes wrong. No adversity.

Favreau calls in all the favours to put his crew together, like Iron Man cohorts Johansson and Downey Jr, as well as the ever underrated Cannavale. The film is always totally watchable and never boring, it helps that one of the stars is the food itself which looks amazing. This isn’t a film to watch on an empty stomach! Also, the soundtrack is a beauty as well, full of cool Latin rhythms.

Much like the food served up in Carl’s food truck, I thought Chef was simple yet effective. Just a shame about the outrageous use of Twitter! Must have cost them a fortune!

4 clappers

 

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15 comments

  1. I’ve heard some thought it boring and many have said it’s charming and very good. I’m going to rent it soon. Very nice review!

    • Thank you! I was of the half who thought it was charming. I was never once bored and at time I was drooling over the food (the soundtrack is ace as well)!

  2. A relatively pleasant and joyous movie that made me happy to see Favreau back to his old ways. Good review.

  3. giorge thomas

    Hey Tom! Just saw an add for this on the TV. Might be one to check out while getting over the jet lag…

  4. Nice review. I skipped this one but I’m thinking I may have liked it. Will try to check it out sometime. 🙂

  5. Great review. I enjoyed watching this one – the food looks delicious which helps – but I felt the story was maybe a little too simple and familiar for me to really fall in love with it.

    • The food was amazing huh! I think I liked that the film was just a simple little project. It made it endearing!

      • It was endearing and I especially liked the take down of the critic at the beginning. I can still picture that grilled cheese sandwich! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it…

  6. I liked the cast going in, and liked the cast all the more coming out of the theater. Nice review man.

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