Caught the new film from Jon Favreau, Chef! This has to be the year’s best film thus far. The only other close challenger for that title is X-Men: Days of Future Past. The film not only features great food (as expected from the name of the film), a great cast, it has excellent pacing too. There was never a dull moment and the music used in the film is spot on for the scenes and intended mood. This is also one of the rare films that correctly showcases the power and reach of social media platforms and how quickly things can spread virally via new media.
This goes to show that Jon Favreau is a bona fide director and the successes of Iron Man 1 and 2 were not just flukes. The film also gave an interesting critique of the delicate relationship between a critic and the person whose work is being reviewed. Upon closer observation, this relationship is symbiotic; really, one can’t survive without the other. Oliver Platt and Robert Downey Jr. delivered memorable performances, making full use of the little screen time they were given.
The estranged father-son relationship underlies the whole film and explores it to a satisfying emotional conclusion with the 1s-a-day video scene which in my opinion was brilliant, highlighting the film’s emotional tone.
Of course there are some flaws with the film, including the impossibility of some of the story elements such as how quick and easy it was for the sous chef to come and help them and how easy it was for the ex-wife to fall back in love with the main character.
But overall, it was a movie full of satisfaction, like eating a really good meal. I’ll certainly be looking forward to be back for another round of Jon Favreau’s future offerings!