Flash Movie Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

There are few things in the world that can provide both an intimacy and a passion to a person the way food can. With a subdued power, food can catapult us to a blissful state as our taste buds herald the trip. The quickness in the way food affects us is astounding. I can personally attest to the fact that food has a calming affect on me. Not one to eat at high end fancy places; I am attracted to restaurants that provide easy comfort. Sitting down with someone to share a meal is so personal for me. The experience can provide a fond memory, joyfulness, a sense of kinship; any and all of these can be shared between the diners. I think that is one of the reasons why I thoroughly enjoy having people over to my place for dinner. The energy that forms in the house when people are present is usually one of peacefulness. The dining room table is a wonderful place to ignite and foster ideas when individuals are seated around it.    FOOD can be the common denominator between people from all over the world; however, it was not the case in this caloric drama. Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) played Madame Mallory, the owner to one of the finest restaurants in the south of France. When a family from India decided to open up a restaurant directly across the street from her establishment, Madame Mallory took it upon herself to be the savior of French cuisine by eliminating, in her opinion, the poor competition. Even if I was not a fan of Helen Mirren, I would still say she was just perfect in this role. She oozed with the haughty, better than thou attitude one would expect in such a fine restaurant; she was worth the price of admission to see this beautiful film. While the exterior scenes were gorgeous to watch, the interior scenes filled with food made me hungry. I read somewhere the director Lasse Hallstrom (Dear John, Chocolat) used real food for all the scenes and it certainly looked good to me. Along with Helen the important characters in the cast were Manish Dayal (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, White Frog) as Hassan, Om Puri (Gandhi, Colour it Yellow) as Papa Kadam and Charlotte Le Bon (Mood Indigo, La Marche) as Marguerite. Though I enjoyed watching this movie, the story did not offer anything new for me; it was very predictable. There were a few amusing parts, but a couple I found bordered on being offensive due to their stereotyping. If it was not for the cast I do not think this film would have been as enjoyable to watch, even though it was certainly fun seeing all the food preparations.

 

2 1/2 stars

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About moviejoltz

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 August 12, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Nice Review!!!Thanks for such a nice description for the movie..
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  2. As a foodie and a Helen fan, I’m looking forward to watching this. Thanks for the review!

  3. Anything to do with the Indian culture, I have to watch!

  4. Thanks for your review. I’m wondering how the movie stacks up to the book. Have you read it?

    • I have not read the book; I prefer seeing the film then reading the book because I always find the books better. Also, the voices I hear in the films make the reading experience easier in keeping track of the characters while I read. Thanks for the comments.

  5. Hi moviejoltz!
    I read your blog faithfully, even going so far as to check your review before I look up movie times. Really appreciate the service you do for those of us who are “frequent-flyers” of the movie theater! Take care, Ruth

  6. I do want to see this film and it sounds like it has quite a bit to offer but a surprise or two than can’t be seen from a mile away would nice.

  7. My wife and I went to see this film last weekend. I agree with your comments. We thought it was a good film – a feel good movie to be sure but worth the effort to see. Given the quality of the acting, the predictability didn’t bother me much. I do think I eat more dinner after than I normally would.

  8. This is no 1 on my to do list and I also loved Chef. So believable and feel good.

  9. I will definitely see this movie because of Helen Mirren. Thanks for the review!

  10. A great review. I will definitely see this movie. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m glad you like PBJ sandwiches, though Madame Mirren would not think of serving same.

    • Oh don’t you know it! Madame Mirren would not approve of such a meal. lol I hope you get to see this film soon and I would enjoy hearing your views of it. Thank you for coming by to leave your comments.

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