The Menu: Movie Review

The Menu Movie Review: A Delightful and Exquisite Experience

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Last year, "The Menu" was probably one of the most hyped films we've been anticipating to get a handle on. Finally, we were able to see and experience it first-hand and it didn't disappoint one bit even against our high expectations. This was a meticulously-crafted, well-planned, properly-executed, and thought-provoking experience - one that captured our attentions and mesmerized us from start to finish. 

A young couple, Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Tyler (Nicholas Hoult), book an exclusive thousand dollar dining experience at Hawthorne ran by a reclusive world-famous chef known for his lavish and elaborate menu. With them are three annoying tech bros, rich repeat clients, renowned restaurant critic Lillian Bloom (Janet McTeer) with her magazine editor, and a famous movie star (John Leguizamo) with his assistant. As the dining experience begins, it slowly escalates and unfolds, as each course becomes more bizarre and violent as guests’ deep and darkest secrets are revealed. 

"The Menu" is the mystery thriller that we didn't ask for but won us. Who knew that a film about dining could turn out to be so violent and captivating? The film won it for us with Ralph Fiennes' portrayal of the recluse and philosophical Chef Slowik. His speeches about cooking, eating, art, and life eerily made a lot of sense - even knowing his violent and psychotic inclinations at that. The film never fully explains why he had a lot of followers that would handily give their lives for him (this is actually one of our grievances regarding the film's narrative in fact) but we had a feeling why when Slowik spoke. The portrayal was perfect in our opinion and Fiennes was able to show subtle emotions naturally. Where the film falters for us slightly was the lack of detail on its sillier elements. "The Menu" left us with a lot of unanswered questions. Overall though, if we could pick one mystery film that was refreshing and memorable from last year's pickings, we would handily pick "The Menu" as our top choice.  

Rating: 4 and a half reels

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