Flash Movie Review: The Mistress of Spices

The magical properties of food is something I already know all too well. Chocolate provides a soothing comfort, where calm thoughts cascade over me to still the turbulence of the day. I know many people eat ginger to combat nausea or an upset stomach. Peppermint has been used to take the fire out of a sore throat. There are individuals who swear the purple cornflower has anti-bacterial properties; you may have seen it being sold as Echinacea. From personal experience practically any flavor of ice cream removes the bad taste in one’s mouth from an awful meal. Since I believe there is a reason for everything, I look at all things around me having a purpose. Whether it is plant, land or sea based; I am not quick to dismiss what someone ingests for medicinal reasons. In fact, I have watched a friend prepare a meal for her pets where she looks like a chemist with all the powders and liquids she mixes into their food before giving it to them. She has raised the animals in a holistic fashion and they look vibrant and healthy to me. Already aware of the nutrients in food I was very much intrigued with the story in this dramatic romance. Being orphaned at a young age Tilo, played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Bride & Prejudice, Jodhaa Akbar), was taught to use her intuitive abilities in finding the right spices to help an individual’s plight. There were only a couple of rules she had to follow and she did so perfectly until architect Doug, played by Dylan McDermott (Olympus Has Fallen, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), entered her spice shop one day. The whole fairy tale and magic aspect of this movie was a good idea. I enjoyed watching the different preparations Tilo performed with the variety of spices in her store. Along with her performance, these were the only things I liked about this picture. The script was not only poorly done, it was corny. Instead of infusing a real sense of drama, it only turned scenes into ridiculous melodrama. Many of the actors’ roles came across like empty cartoon characters. Actors such as Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Pompeii, Oz-TV) as Kwesi and Nitin Ganatra (Bride & Prejudice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Haroun Rehman were wasted in this film. When I received this DVD it looked like it would be such a tasty morsel of a movie, but by the end I could not swallow it.


1 3/4 stars — DVD 


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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 June 13, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Well said. However, the movie was quite different from the normal run of the mill stuff we get heaped with.

  2. The worst part was Aishwarya Rai, women can’t act

  3. My wife really liked the book. Too bad the movie sounds like it didn’t work out.

  4. When I saw this movie, I had never heard of it…but loved it!

    • I am so glad you were moved by the movie. If I movie moves a person then it is a winner in my opinion. Thank you for coming by to tell me.

      • Yes, you know I like the movie for the same reasons you did (this was the first time I had ever heard of or seen Aishwarya Rai), so that is why it was such a great surprise (and was moved).

        Yet you are correct in saying it really was ridiculous melodrama… just a poor script and writing. Too bad, because I enjoyed the actors and the cultures involved. Cheers!

      • Thank you for your comments, I appreciate you took the time to tell me. And I am glad we are in synch with this film.

  5. This one left me with a bitter taste in the mouth but hardly surprising given Aishwarya’s pretty low rating as an actress here in India.

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