Chef is another film I heard nothing about until it was suggested by Netflix. Seeing how I loved the movie Burnt so much, I thought another cooking film would be great. Now, it is time for a review.
We follow the life of Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) who is an amazing chef and knows it. His reputation is based on his menu that changes frequently. The restaurant owner hears that the best food critic is coming to review the restaurant and decides to stop the menu changing. This is an unpopular change with Casper and consequently the review for the restaurant is poor. Casper reacts on Twitter, causing the reviewer to come back and eat from the new menu. This is where the owner tells Casper that he must stick to the original menu that the critic disliked or he can leave; Casper decides to leave.
Having spent time job hunting, Casper confides in his ex-wife for help. This results in himself, his best-friend and his son starting a food truck business. From here, we see the journey as Casper and co. take the food truck from barely working to making it big.
I loved the story from start to finish and everything from learning about the chef and the way he likes to cook, to him bonding with his son over the love of food. It was amazing and I cannot find anything to fault it. Of course, after watching the argument with his boss you knew that he was going to leave the job and work on a food truck as it was hinted throughout the film, but it did take an hour to get to him working on the food truck.
The cast is brilliant. There are a lot of stars who shine in their respective roles. Jon Favreau (also director and writer) is great and you can see the passion he has with food, especially while arguing and explaining things to his son. Scarlett Johansson is great as the head waitress, who you can tell enjoyed her job and working with a dear friend the entire time. Of course, we must talk about the best character in the film: John Leguizamo. Leguizamo plays Carl’s best friend and leaves his job at the restaurant to come and work on the food truck. I love how Leguizamo worked this character as he gave humour to the film which was needed and with him and Jon working together the passion for food really came out to the audience. Dustin Hoffman plays the restaurant owner, his character is an asshole and instead of listening to Casper, who made his restaurant what it is, he plays an antagonist very well.
When I first started watching the film I thought that all we would see was the restaurant and maybe a market stall and a house, but I was mistaken. We see many states such as Miami, New Orleans, Texas and LA, as the food truck makes its way across the States and shows people what it can do. This means you get to see the culture that is there and how the Casper can link the culture back to the food.
The music isn’t noticeable at first and you really must listen. Even then, it’s not impressive and it’s there to avoid silence. It’s when the food truck comes around that the music starts playing an important part. There is a radio that plays music to match the Cuban food being cooked. There is a scene where they are driving to the next location and they start singing a song and it just makes for a very memorable moment.
I think Chef is one of the best films I have seen all year. It is without a doubt the best film about cooking I have seen. I find it very difficult to find faults in this film as I simply loved it so much.
If you want to watch this film on netflix then here is a link for it: