I love food. I love eating it, I enjoy preparing it and, most of all, I love seeing it being prepared. Do you know those Tasty videos on Facebook that are automatically played and you can't help but watching? I'm obsessed with them. When "Chef" came out a couple of years ago, I didn't care much about it. I thought about seeing it in theaters, but ultimately ended up forgetting about it. This weekend, I was looking for something to watch, saw the movie on Netflix and thought it would be a good idea to talk to you about my impressions.
"Chef" tells the story of Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), an acclaimed chef and obsessive worker who sees his career and personal life get quickly out of hand. After a public fight with one of the biggest critics in town, Carl heads to Miami at his wife's (Sofia Vergara) urging. There, he gets to be creative again with his own food truck and reconciles with his son during the process.
You're probably thinking that I've spoiled too much about the movie, but that actually is the one thing I didn't like about it: not much happens. There is no big twist and no significant, unforeseen event that changes the characters. While this is a feel-good movie and it succeeds in that aspect, I felt like it was missing a bit more seasoning. The lack of conflict doesn't make it boring, and the almost two hours go by pretty fast, I'd just have liked to see some more action.
The movie does have its very positive points, though. The cinematography is gorgeous, and I loved how it really highlighted the food. It succeeded in making me extremely hungry, and was responsible for making the movie catch the attention of the viewer. Another thing that I enjoyed was the use of technology. They managed to make it believable and organic to the movie, even if it was at times a bit overdone (like with the sounds and images of tweets being sent).
The star-studded cast, with names like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara never made the movie seem like one of those "Valentine's Day" type of movies where the stars are only there because of their names. They managed to work their way into the whole "indie movie vibe" and not seem out of place in it. My favorite was definitely Emjay Anthony, who played Carl's son. The character was played in such a natural way and never became the "annoying kid" or the "overly smart kid". Though he knows his way around social media that doesn't end up feeling weird because kids these days learn about it early on, and instead creates some endearing moments in the movie.
Overall, I definitely recommend giving this one a try. The scenery, the way the soundtrack changes along with where the characters are and the beautiful food shots make this movie worth it even if it isn't all that well-developed script-wise. Have you seen "Chef"? What did you think of it?
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