Flash Movie Review: Chef

The earth’s population is divided into 2 groups, those who eat to live and those who live to eat. I walk a fragile line between the two camps and frequently fall off depending on how the day is going for me. For a majority of situations food is the end result. Speaking from personal experience food can provide unbridled comfort, soothing calmness, vigorous energy, emotional support and a cavalcade of other options. Now since I teach in the health field I have to state this disclaimer: food should only be ingested in moderation. Think about when you go on a date; what is one of the first ideas you think of to do on a date? Usually it is going out to eat at a restaurant. There is something about sharing a meal with someone that builds a sense of camaraderie, budding connections between people. I bet if all negotiations whether in the business place, world stage or personal relationships were done over a meal we would see better results. When you have good food, a great story and a wonderful cast; do you know what you get? You get this sweet and salty fun comedy film. All the burners were working when the movie studio made this film. Jon Favreau (The Wolf of Wall Street, Iron Man franchise) wrote, directed and starred as chef Carl Casper in this enjoyable picture. Not happy with his current position at work and in life, Carl heads back to Miami to rediscover the things he loved about cooking. I found this film to be more than the average comedy; there was a dose of sharpness to the script that made the characters come alive. With a cast that included John Leguizamo (Ride Along, Moulin Rouge) as Martin, Sofia Vergara (Fading Gigolo, Machete Kills) as Inez, Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine, Win Win) as Tony and Scarlett Johansson (Don Jon, The Other Boleyn Girl) as Molly; everyone convinced me they were who they portrayed. It was a real treat to watch them. I want to make special mention about the scenes that involved the cooking and creation of the meals. No way do I consider myself a food guru; heck, I can barely cook a meal. However, watching the food in this film was like watching a whole other movie about the art of food preparation. To me there was such detail given to these scenes without boiling over to a long dissertation, that I was fascinated and inspired to run home and attempt to make a grand meal. Luckily rational thought took over and after the movie ended I went to a grocery story to indulge myself in the produce aisle. Extra scene inserted in the ending credits.


3 1/4 stars


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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 23, 2014, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. You have whetted my appetite for this one!

  2. This intrigued me a while back and still does, one to watch I think, great review!

  3. I’m trying to convince my husband, who is a chef, to see this film. I think telling him that ScarJo is in it should do the trick.

    • Hey are you kidding me? He should have no hesitation, but heck whatever it takes get him to this film. Let me know what you two thought of this fun film after you see it. Thanks for coming by.

      • Well, after nearly 30 years spent working in and/or opening restaurants on 3 continents…he’d rather not watch movies or read books about it! But I hope to prevail this time.

      • Is the reason he does not watch food/cooking related movies because he feels he has seen it all? I hope both you and him get the chance to see this film. If you don’t mind I would like to direct you to my review of the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It was an amazing story. Thanks for coming by to share your comments.

      • Something along those lines. Been there, done, that, live it every day. Except for Chopped, he isn’t into any food-related entertainment. His own time is his only time when he isn’t surrounded by restaurant/food-related things.

        Jiro Dreams of Sushi has been in my Netflix queue for awhile. I will definitely check out your review.

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