What is it about?
Chef stars Jon Favreau as Carl Casper, a chef who quits his job at a Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, and he is left to figure out what’s next. On a trip with his son and ex-wife to Miami, he starts up a food truck.
What is it like?
I’ve never wanted a cuban sandwich so much after seeing this film. That is 90% of what Chef is, food porn. Beautiful, wonderful, delicious looking, well-shot food porn.
Food porn aside, Chef is a genuinely thoughtful, nostalgic, optimistic light comedy that is just as much about the power of social media as it is about the love of cooking. It’s a great move for Favreau, who wrote, directed and starred in the movie, after spending so many years in Hollywood working on larger, big-budgeted action flicks (please see, Iron Man, Cowboys VS. Aliens). It’s a metaphor for his career in a way, leaving the overbearing and those unable to adapt to change behind, and focussing on smaller enterprises which bring passion and greater reward to oneself.
It is consistently funny, with brilliant cameos from the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Gary Clark Jr and Robert Downey Jr. There are few surprises in the plot, the movie itself is fairly predictable, but its performances are fantastic and shouldn’t be missed.
The heart of the film is the repair of the damaged and distant relationship between Carl and his son, played extraordinarily well by the young Emjay Anthony.
So, should you see it?
Chef is perfect to see on Sunday mornings, just make sure you have a brunch reservation afterwards because you will leave hungry.