The Menu 2022 is an American dark comedic satire directed by Mark Mylod. The Menu is written by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy, and it is based on an original story created by Tracy and produced by Adam McKay, Betsy Koch and Will Ferrell.
The Menu talks about a young couple who travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the Chef has prepared a great menu with shocking surprises.
It stars Ralph Fiennes as a superstar chef, Hong Chau as his assistant, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Jane McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light, and John Leguizamo as guests who visits his private restaurant.
The film lasts around 1 hour and 30 minutes and is primarily in English.
Expecting nothing less than the best of everything haute cuisine has to offer, a group of ultra-wealthy gastronomes with a demanding palate arrive at the Hawthorn: an exclusive culinary temple run by highly regarded gourmet chef Julian Slowik.
Prepared for an exquisite multiple-course meal and the experience of a lifetime, obsessive epicurean Tyler and his unimpressed plus-one Margot enter the private minimalist restaurant. At last, the long wait is over. However, people have yet to learn that the cryptic genius in the kitchen has big plans for tonight.
After all, the imperious culinary artist has been stretching the boundaries of taste and fine dining for decades. Now, the host can finally unveil his magnum opus. But is the blasé clientele ready for Julian’s creative madness? – IMDB
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THE MENU FILM REVIEW
Going into this film, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was really enjoyable.
The Menu is a horror film, but it is not as scary or gory as other horror films. This film works with tension. It builds so much tension using sounds, dialogues between casts and so on within the movie.
The Menu is one of the more thought-provoking pieces of 2022; the same goes for Triangle of Sadness. This movie makes you wonder about the line between a brilliant artist and an insane psycho. The film points to everyone of us as we see ourselves in all the characters; the artist, art, and those who love the art.
The Menu stands out for many things, like the character’s performance, the screenplay, and the role it places in its genre, and this is seen by the number of award nominations this film has gotten over this short period.
Without beating about the bush, let’s get into the details of the film.
Character/Acting: Several Stars make up this film, and all of them are delivered and left no stone unturned. I enjoyed this film majorly because of the storyline and the cast. Each character purposely reflected a personality type in various restaurants or places of service.
The character who stole my heart with his performance is Nicholas Hoult, who plays Tyler.
Nicholas Hoult made his character Tyler hilariously pathetic. Tyler made me angry sometimes with his over-obsessive attitude, but that’s what great actors do – they make their audience feel and interact with the viewer’s emotions, and he did just that.
Ralph Fiennes plays the role of the Chef obsessed with his art. He always wanted his art to be perfect and even made his workers imbibe the act of perfection; he wouldn’t tolerate any slander of his work. He gives a terrific performance full of awkward unease that only enhances his commanding screen presence.
Anya Taylor-Joy plays Margot, a lady who knows very little about art and isn’t pleased with the Chef’s Menu. She is a perfect audience surrogate amongst a sea of deliberately unlikeable characters.
Cinematography: I love the cinematography; the editor beautifully did the visual effects. Mark Mylod’s direction is excellent; the film has more than enough visual style to match the pretentiousness of its characters and is good at building tension. The music by Colin Stetson is fantastic, striking an unusual balance between beautiful and unnerving.
Themes: Classism is one of the major themes of this film. Unique invitations are handed out to certain wealthy people to visit the island and taste the perfect meal. Still, Margot, an averagely wealthy lady, is invited as an escort of Tyler. She feels left out because everyone adores the contents of the Menu except her. She doesn’t belong to that class of individuals, so she orders a Cheeseburger, which she is used to eating, and it is visible that she found the cheeseburger satisfying.
The obsession over passion is another theme or message passed across by this film. Obsession can is seen in Chef Slowik, who is obsessed with his art. This relates to many artists who adore their art over every other thing and gets irritated when their work is not cherished. These artists may sometimes go the extra mile to hurt people who speak their craft again.
The Menu is a movie worth seeing. It’s funny; it’s filled with brilliant twists and surprises, the performance of the characters is outstanding, and it dwells on specific social commentary. I enjoyed it, and you would like to.
The Menu is rated R because it contains solid/disturbing violent content, language, and some sexual references.
You can watch The Menu on Netflix.
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