Are you ready for a grownup, feel good movie? Something uplifting, not sappy? Something funny, not mean or misogynistic? Something real, not hopeless and degrading? The movie “Chef” is your answer. The cast is amazing–Jon Favreau (stars and directs), Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, among them. The story is multidimensional and well-wrought. This is the best time I’ve had at the movies in a long, long time. (I heard that last week in Manhasset, the movie got a standing ovation. When I saw it, I understood why.)
This movie commits itself to envisioning what redemption looks like for a passionate chef who’s lost his heart, and is in danger of losing his family in the bargain. You feel it every step of the way; but somehow you make this whole journey without having to step over one dead body, or witnessing any of the crass, misogynistic behavior that viewers these days are so routinely subjected to–even under the guise of humor or romance. It opened my heart without stabbing it then dragging it through the mud. It just opened it, and I walked out of the movie with a big fat grin on my face. The writing is full of meat, the direction is textured and delicious, and the acting satisfies on every level. Truly, the yummiest movie meal ever.
Just do yourself a favor and go see it. Click on the Movie trailer