Friday, October 3, 2014

year 3 day 120

movie: Chef
starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo
genre: Drama, Comedy
year: 2014
format: Shaw Video On Demand

plot: After quitting his job at a famous restaurant, Carl takes his son and best friend on a road trip across the U.S. in order to start their own food truck.

This film covers it all, you've got elements of a good buddy movie, it's a road trip film, food lover's dream, and the messages is solid. Go do what you love, no matter how low you think you are you can always find the positive, family is the base of everything, and get back to basics.

I loved the contrast between the young son being the internet/social media guru and the adults being the ones who just wanted to get back to their roots. I thought the balance between the two extremes was timely, pin point accurate and needed. You get to see how the online world has both created and destroyed people in seconds with the touch of an button.

The food itself is like another character...scratch that, a series of characters, as with every stop they make along their journey, they spotlight a few local/traditional dishes. Beautiful to watch, and a warning not to watch on an empty stomach.
You start off seeing the main character just wanting to share a real meal with his son, which turns into this heartwarming bond between them as the story progresses. This film manages to mix just the right amount of road trip with one of those you've got to eat here shows.
I hope this does for some people what Eat Pray Love did few years ago, and makes you double think how you interact online with others, as well as getting back to the basics, whatever your basics happens to be.

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