The Menu (2022) Film Review

The Menu

Adding to the gruesome festivities is an outstanding turn by Hong Chau (having a great year with her performance here and also playing Brendan Fraser’s nurse in “The Whale”) as Slowik’s second in command Elsa, the restaurant’s autocratic maître d’.

Director Mark Mylod, working from a script by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy, tackles the arcane yet delicious topic of gourmet elitism in a directorial style that can only be described as George Cukor meets Sam Peckinpah.

Taking its cue from the 1932 James Whale horror/comedy “The Old Dark House” and an old “The Avengers” TV episode, the plot involves a very special dinner being held at a very special restaurant (on an island, no less!) whose chef de cuisine Julian Slowik (a brilliant Ralph Fiennes) has handpicked some very special diners to sample his new degustation menu. Among them are an obnoxious foodie fanboy (Nicholas Hoult), a pretentious food critic (Janet McTeer), an arrogant post-prime actor and wannabe food network sellout (John Leguizamo), and a husband-wife (Judith Light and Reed Birney) who are frequent customers of Slowik’s.

Although the great cast is underused, the movie is clever, moves at a fast pace and there is a fantastic faceoff between Fiennes and a mysterious guest who was not invited. She is played by the extraordinary Anna Taylor-Joy in a state of supreme self-possession.

Adding to the gruesome festivities is an outstanding turn by Hong Chau (having a great year with her performance here and also playing Brendan Fraser’s nurse in “The Whale”) as Slowik’s second in command Elsa, the restaurant’s autocratic maître d’.

Enjoy!

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