The Menu is a dark comedy movie from the year 2022. It was directed by Mark Mylod, and Adam McKay, Betsy Koch, and Will Ferrell worked on making it. Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Hong Chau all play roles in the movie. A young couple visits an expensive destination restaurant on a secluded island where the famed chef has prepared a rich-tasting meal, coupled with some surprising surprises, set in the world of high-end culinary culture. Continue reading The Menu Movie Review and Summary to learn more about the film.
The story is set on an isolated island, where guests have arrived for an exclusive fine dining experience at Hawthorne, a restaurant run by star chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes). Customers have paid $1,250 each to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime gourmet event, but there is an unforeseen twist. When they arrive, they discover there’s more on the Menu than just food, and there’s much more at stake than just their taste buds.
The Menu is more of a dark comedy than a horror movie because it is mostly satirical and sometimes a speech that doesn’t make sense. Chef Slowik breaks down the idea that art should be dissected and analyzed instead of just enjoyed. As an audience member, I felt the weight of that. But since the flixtorto movie is mostly a dark comedy, some parts might be over the top or don’t make sense, which could be picked apart. For example, when most of the guests found out they would die, they didn’t fight for their lives. The movie also didn’t explain why they did everything the cook said so quickly. If you’re looking for character growth in this movie, you’ll be unhappy because there is little of it. The Menu keeps people watching, mostly because they can’t wait to see what happens at the end.
All the actors are entertaining, but the two-star actors (sorry, I couldn’t resist) are wonderful and delectable. As a high fascist of snobbery, Ralph Fiennes plays the art chef from hell, as though his job—creating cuisine to be savored but somehow too great to eat—both exalts and torments him. And Anya Taylor-Joy, as the customer with his number, cuts through it all with a scornful glee as she puts out the bigger picture of what’s going on: that the whole point is to be decadently noble and superior.
Design And Cinematography
The set’s design is particularly impressive. For example, the island had a gloomy vibe, yet the restaurant worked hard to retain a magnificent setting despite a dark and dismal environment. The cinematography was also great in highlighting each course on the Menu. Food photography is a different ballgame, yet The Menu captured the art of each course in excellent detail while keeping the macro picture in mind. The top perspective of the s’mores, where the restaurant floor serves as a plate and the attendees serve as marshmallows, was wonderful.
Overall, The Menu was a good film. It featured an intriguing premise, a creative approach to cuisine, and the creativity and passion involved in producing the perfect dish. And it was nicely crafted. It checked all of the technical boxes for me—storyline, cinematography, scoring, and acting.