Jon Favreau’s more artistic endeavours are something I can get behind. Sure, he launched Marvel Studios with Iron Man. He also helped re-launch Robert Downey Jr. back into stardom - but big, bombastic action films aren’t where he shines. Zathura, Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens can’t hold a candle to his more character-driven films like Swingers, Made, and Elf. Chef is another to add to this list.
Chef follows the exploits of Carl Casper, a chef going through a midlife creative crisis. Stuck in his job as a restaurant chef, Casper leaves his job behind to open a food truck and follow his passion of creating good food. Full disclosure - I love food, and this film has some of the most brilliant food shots I’ve seen in quite some time.
The film also strongly features his relationship with his young son which I thought was handled successfully. The film story isn’t too heavy and is easily digestible (get it?) - but I came away thoroughly happy with the final product. It comes recommended from me!
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