A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.
Title :Chef 2014
Release :30 May 2014 (USA)
Genre :Comedy, Drama
Stars : Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
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Chef 2014 review
A film like “Chef” begs for a smorgasbord of puns, so let’s get these out of the way in which: This undercooked however nonetheless flavorful comedy might not have a lot meat to it, however the small facet dishes is usually a meal in themselves.
Jon Favreau steps away from helming blockbusters reminiscent of “Iron Man” to put in writing, direct and star on this congenial fable. Carl Casper (Favreau) is a one-time culinary wunderkind who’s now middle-aged, with a large midriff and middling popularity. His loyal workers consists of environment friendly hostess Molly (Scarlett Johansson in a cameo) and chatty sous cooks Martin (John Leguizamo) and Tony (Bobby Cannavale).
When the restaurant will get a go to from an influential meals critic, Carl desires to organize one thing extraordinary, however the restaurant’s proprietor (Dustin Hoffman) orders Carl to do nothing particular. The outcome: A scathing evaluation, a Twitter confrontation between Carl and the critic — and a chef with out a job.
Making an attempt to land on his toes, Carl, his ex-wife Inez (flighty however nice Sofia Vergara) and their 10-year-old son Percy (Emjay Anthony, fairly the professional) go to Miami, the place Inez’ slick first husband (Robert Downey Jr.) donates a rickety meals truck. Carl and Co. give it a recent paint job and drive it from Miami to L.A., promoting Cuban sandwiches like scorching muffins all the way in which. By the point they get to California, Carl’s bought his groove again.
Favreau has all the time been a cool, amiable presence, all the way in which again to “Swingers” (1996) and his mini-gem characteristic directorial debut, “Made” (2001). His Queens-kid persona is not possible to not like. Scenes of Favreau on the grill bantering with Leguizamo and Cannavale might virtually maintain a whole film.
It does for some time. The moments when Carl connects along with his child click on, too. However there’s a complete patch of “Chef” that feels wayward, as if Favreau has gotten so accustomed to Large Studio calls for to chop particulars and get to the following explosion that he determined to stretch out each single small second in “Chef.”
The excellent news is that his sluggish simmer strategy right here by no means places us off for too lengthy because the camaraderie between him and his solid offers “Chef” its gentle but tasty spice.