Starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Sofía Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale, Robert Downey Jr.
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Written by: Jon Favreau
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 54 min
Like Carl Casper the Chef, Jon Favreau the film maker serves up something carefully crafted, and directly from his creative heart. This is a great film about exploring your artistic passions, and not letting others corral and control them. About the joy of cooking and food, and the power it has to bring people together.
Chef to me, felt like a classic night out. Good food, people and conversation – one of those nights you remember for a long time. The film is incredibly charming mainly thanks to its great cast, breathing life into really cool characters you’ll love spending a couple of hours with.
The main thing I liked about Chef was how little drama there was. This movie just flowed and didn’t artificially contrive dramatics leading into the last act, like a lot of movies do. This film just wants you to have a good time, and I really appreciated that. The script is sharp and funny, and the food – oh boy the food! Every dish is beautifully shot and I really regretted going into the theater with an empty stomach!
This is a real charmer, and light on the dramatics. A road trip across America, a celebration of great food, and story about following your passions. If anything about that doesn’t appeal to you then don’t bother watching this movie.
I would suggest you not have dinner before you see this film, and perhaps just have a snack to hold back the hunger pains. Because this movie could be part of a great night out, either with some friends or a date. Take in an early evening showing, then go to your favorite restaurant, order a fantastic meal and discuss/digest! If you wait for the rental, watch the movie in HD before you eat. Then either cook yourself something special, or go out to eat.
Funniest Moment: << mild Spoiler >>
The funniest moment for me was early on when Carl Casper confronts a food critic and has a melt down in the restaurant.