Sat down in the theater for what I thought would be mix of The Running Man and Hell’s Kitchen. What The Menu really turned out to be is Chef’s Table if Chef’s Table were about eating the rich during the worst date imaginable.
Margot (Anya Taylor Joy) joins Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) on a date to a remote island to eat food prepared by famed Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes). Margot immediately feels like something is amiss as her date obsesses over the food and she realizes that she does not fit into the class of people in attendance. Tyler is a product of growing up with social media, so concerned with having Instagram worth photos that Margot is completely turned off to the food.
Chef Slowik uses the night to call out the rich people paying so much money to eat his food, not that any of them realize it until it is too late. Every person working in the kitchen has committed fully to Chef Slowik’s vision even if it means not surviving the night.
This film is dark and delightfully funny. It is very much a commentary on the top one percent as well as the Gen Z and Millennial obsession with putting social media posts over actually living life in the moment. Margot seems to be the only character who gets the point Chef Slowik is trying to prove.
Hong Chau gives a delicious dead pan performance as the hostess in Chef Slowik’s restaurant. She is by far my favorite part of the film.
The Menu is one of my favorite films of the year. A surprisingly on point film with a lot to say if you are paying attention. Go see this one. It’ll give you an appetite for eating the rich.