Chef was something that was really invested. If you follow Jon Favreau on places like Twitter and Vine, you would have seen all the photos and videos he had posted up during his journeys, researching restaurants, food etc with his cast members for the film. Following this through and watching the end product really made the film feel like you were a part of it. And it really does get those juices flowing in the right directions.
Chef’s story follows a renowned Chef named Carl Casper who loses his job at the restaurant where he’d been working for years owned by none other than Dustin Hoffman. After going viral in one of the worst ways one could, he decides to run his own food truck (after much persuasion of course). Taking a journey through America, Carl discovers not only himself and his creativity which the foodies loved about him in the first place, but he also has room to try and piece his distant family back together again.
The first assumption one would make is that the film is just about good food. It definitely isn’t, even though “great food” does play a part of it in which it will get you hungry, looking or the nearest sandwich shop or Subway, but that won’t fill the spot because of your yearning desire for a Cuban sandwich from Miami. Looking like a pro, Favreau plays a fantastic Chef. From the visuals to the technique, to the language, it’s obvious he knows exactly what he’s doing. It’s very legit indeed, adding to what made this film so great.
Other than the great food, Chef is about starting your life over, finding yourself in what you love doing, repairing what you care about, illuminating family and work dilemmas and how to overcome them and about family, not just blood related families but those who you can count on and who will help you every step of the way. There’s so much going on message wise but it all works so well. There’s a balance and nothing becomes too overwhelming.
The great use of technology was really fascinating. Twitter and Vine especially played a huge part and it was very true to the current generation. Nearly everyone uses them and it’s the perfect social media platform for promotion. The fact that Chef Carl didn’t know what it was all about and it had to take his 10 year old son to explain everything to him was a lovely touch. The fact that his son owns an iphone is exactly where we are now compared to a decade ago. It’s all just great, just as mentioned before, Favreau stayed true to the film. His promotion for Chef using social media to bring us with him through his researching journeys got everyone who followed interested and ready in the wings for the film.
Chef is very straight forward, warm and humorous, which is expected with this great line-up of a cast. We’ve got John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale and Iron Man bud Robert Downey Jr. The one that stood out and really helped the film blossom into even more perfection was Carl’s 10 year old son Percy played by Emjay Anthony. Not only was he super smart, witty and super cute, his on-screen relationship with Favreau was literally the heart of the film. It’s the father/son relationship that lowers your blood pressure.
Chef is nothing less than perfect. It’s the true definition of a feel good movie. Delicious, delightful and is definitely more than the chocolate molten lava cake for sure!