Movie Review: Chef

Details from IMDB:

Chef

Chef (2014)

114 min  -  Comedy  -  30 May 2014 (USA)

Ratings: 7.9/10 from 5,591 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 68 user | 121 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Jon Favreau

Writer:

Jon Favreau

Stars:

Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson | See full cast and crew »

Initial Thoughts:

Okay once again I’ll admit it, I’ll see anything with Scar Jo in it (this movie did also get a good rating on IMDB), so a couple of weeks ago we saw it with a very small group of people (we have a theater which is usually very quiet, I like it 🙂

Main Points:

I’ve heard this movie described as food porn and for a lot of this film it’s accurate. Sure there’s a story about a married couple who are separated, father has trouble connecting with his son and the same father is having career problems (he’s the chef) and ultimately quits his job. Really though you’re watching this for the food (or perhaps Sofia Vergara and Scarlett Johansson). All the food in this movie looks delicious (except the pig roast and generally the meat for me) and it makes you want to go to New Orleans to have a Beignet (my wife sure did!) and generally eat out at a nice restaurant (I love eating out and non-fast food places, a little too much as I look at my waist line 😉

To get off the food kick, the story is okay here. It’s about the importance of family and how at least some relationships are worth fighting for. It’s also about finding a career you love and being prepared to suffer to make the right choices in it (something I think a lot of us never manage to get). The acting is fine by everyone (Favreau in particular is quite good) but some people like RDJ seem like they are just thrown in there for the name recognition. His part was so small you barely even notice it. I will say that though while Dustin Hoffman’s part is small, he did do a good job as a restaurant owner.

Final Thoughts:

A nice little movie, it was mostly predictable but still makes you laugh and ultimately feel good if you have a stable relationship (and a job you don’t really hate). Ultimately this movie also makes you think about food trucks and simple food, I’ll have to think about trying one again soon (I don’t live in a downtown area, so I don’t see them much). So 7/10 from me and a mild recommendation (though do to language not for small children). I think I can say unless you’re a huge fan you’d get more enjoyment from this than the latest Transformers movie (I suffered through 2 and 3 and just couldn’t take anymore). So that’s it for the newer movies I’ve seen, next will be a few I saw on Netflix. Have a great day everyone!

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