Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Directed By: Lasse Hallström
Written By: Steven Knight
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 2 hr 2 min
I really wanted to love The Hundred-Foot Journey, as it seemed to have all the elements I usually respond to. A heart warming underdog story, beautiful locations, and handsome charismatic people to root for. Lovely. Unfortunately, while I still came away from this film somewhat entertained, I did feel the movie stopped short of true greatness by repeatedly getting in its own way.
This film is based on a book of the same name written by Richard C. Morais. A book I haven’t read, but I got the feeling Steven Knight’s adaptation tried to follow the contents of that story too closely. This could have been a great movie about cultural differences finding common ground through a mutual appreciation of great cuisine. A Hundred-Foot Journey could also have been a great romance story between Hassan (Manish Dayal) and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) – they were adorable together and had great chemistry. Another romance blossoming between Madame Mallory, played by the always gorgeous and classy Helen Mirren and Papa, played with considerable charm by Om Puri, could also have taken center stage in this production.
Each one of these directions in my opinion would have resulted in a more involving movie going experience. Placed together as they are here however, I found each story element and character didn’t get the development it needed, and it stopped this journey being more memorable.
This is a very pleasant movie, loaded with nice characters living in beautiful locations. It’s not very challenging or overly dramatic.
This is a gorgeous film. Great locations, handsome people, beautifully shot by Linus Sandgren. I recommended seeing this on the big screen. At home, a HD screening on a nice big TV is the way to go. It’s the kind of movie experience you should combine with a great meal. Either at your favorite restaurant or with a special dish you enjoy making at home.
I really liked Om Puri in this. Incredibly charming as the character Papa, and I loved all his scenes with Helen Mirren.