CHEF (2014 Montclair Film Festival, Montclair New Jersey USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Stars ìììì

Chef, a very good movie from Director Jon Favreau (who gained significant presence with Cowboys and Aliens), scores because of its originality. The film portrays the life of a chef working for others and the difference a change makes as he enters the entrepreneurial world of the ‘on-the-street cooking wagon.’  Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) overpowers the other actors in the first 10 to 15 minutes of the film due to his strong film presence, but the rest of the film works as the viewer settles into the story. The movie comfortably interweaves a secondary theme of family conflict into its primary story while giving a hefty understanding of how social media can work for you or against you. Chef Carl Casper receives a poor review from a restaurant critic. After reading the critic’s tweet, he responds publicly to the tweet and writes that he will prove he is a great chef and challenges the critic to come back and try a new menu. Chef Carl Casper develops a new menu, the release of which is short-circuited by the owner of the restaurant. Unable to redeem himself, Chef Carl Casper ends in the position of publicly and verbally assaulting the restaurant critic. The situation goes viral on the Internet and Chef Carl officially loses his job. He travels to Miami with his ex-wife Inez (Sofia Vergara) and begins a new life by buying a food truck. His Internet reputation follows him, however, and he finds himself inundated with customers interested in the final proof that he is indeed a great chef. The story winds down to a satisfactory conclusion. The film is a good family watch.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Executive Producers Marina Bespalov, James D. Brubaker, Craig Chapman, Philip Elway, Gleb Fetisov, Jerry and Peter Fruchtman, Karen Gilchrist, Jere Hausfater, Mark C. Manuel, Ted O’Neal, Jason Rose, Dylan Russell, Anne Sheehan, Tim Smith, Scott Steindorff, Boris Teterev, Oleg Teterin, Mark Brooke, and Molly Allen for making the film possible. Additional character/cast include: Tony (Bobby Cannavale), Molly (Scarlett Johansson), Jen (Amy Sedaris), Miami Cop (Russell Peters), Riva (Dustin Hoffman), Co-Worker Martin (John Leguizamo), Ex-husband Marvin (Robert Downey, Jr.), Percy (Emjay Anthony), and Restaurant Critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt).



Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes.

Ben Meyers

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