We have been treated to different films this year. From action to drama to comedies to Rom-coms, there has been a nibble from each and every dish on the cinematic buffet table. In the midst of all this, we get Chef. Written and directed by Jon Favreau, Chef is fun, touching and a lively watch. It takes us on a little ride through the life of a chef, Carl Casper, played by the director himself. Yeah, if you are thinking to yourself, ‘hold on, written, directed and starring the same guy?’ then don’t fret. Jon Favreau makes you believe in this character and the story.
This movie has very cool cast. You have Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Bobby Cannavale and Russell Peters. Piqued your interest yet? How about a little bit about the movie? The story tracks the life of a middle-aged chef who is written off and is struggling with his life. Thrown in a food truck and wham, the film just takes another turn all together.
You get a feeling that this movie is a sort of analogy for Jon Favreau. A return to form even. You are immersed in this world behind the kitchen doors. Favreau showcases the magic that takes place and the passion which chefs put into their food. At the same time, as Carl the chef, he is spot on with his portrayal. John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale are brilliant as the line cook and sous chef. In fact, Leguizamo’s character is very ‘Miami’, in other words: loud, brash, funny and ‘Cubano’. Scarlett Johansson does her part, but you get the feeling that her character was just there for a few minutes. On the other hand, Sofia Vergara, wow! She is a good fit and shines in her role. Let’s not forget, drop-dead gorgeous. It is true, women love a man who can cook well. So boys, get into the kitchen and try not to burn it to the ground. Anyway, coming back to the film. You are shown how the world is connected through social media. The intricacies of life and the internet. As the movie progresses, you get to see that to be truly happy, you have to follow your heart’s desires and swim against the current.
The movie feels like an independent film, with little touches and nods to the various character actors who make their presence known. It is a visual treat for the stomach and emotional treat for the soul.
Why you should watch this film?
A fun and unconventional movie about a chef, his life, the people he loves and his dream to cook from the heart. Jon Favreau makes you forget about the world and inhabit this lovely concoction where you will drool while watching food being prepared. It is an exploration of what it means to be happy and the risks we have to take in order to truly be great. Catch Chef and enjoy this heartwarming tale of food, passion, family and humor.