The Menu: Brilliant and Disturbing Film
The other day I watched The Menu and let me tell you, it is unlike any other movie I have ever seen! A dark comedy meets horror with so many twists along the path, it grips you from beginning to end.
Self-proclaimed foodie Tyler brings his date Margot to Hawthorn, an island that is home to a very exclusive restaurant owned by the most popular chef of his time: Julian Slowik. We meet other diners who have come for the experience and who are sitting in the dining room. It quickly turns out that Margot was not the date Tyler originally thought of bringing and there is not a huge amount of chemistry between the pair, as he is practically drooling over the chef and she doesn't seem too bothered.
Chef Slowik, played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes, starts the evening by serving the first courses and delivering monologues with the courses. As the evening advances, it becomes clear that something is not right. During the third course it becomes clear that the guests are not just anonymous guests as uncomfortable truths of their personal life are exposed by the chef. Things really get out of hand when during the fourth course the sous-chef kills himself. One of the guests tries to leave following this disturbing event only to have his finger cut off for trying to leave.
Now if you think things have taken a weird turn now, just hold your horses because this movie is just getting started! What follows is a manic escape attempt by the guests who are all captured again. The main plot comes to light when Slowik announces that he has brought all these specific guests because they represent a reason why he has lost his passion for cooking. His plan? To make sure none of them leave alive.
For the finale of the movie the perspective moves to Margot, who is not who she seems and who might be the only one to outsmart the chef. Now, I won't spoil the end of course, you will have to watch the movie for that!
Now I loved this movie. I was hesitant watching it at first as I don't usually watch movies with the label horror, but I am very glad that I did. The real star of the movie is Ralph Fiennes, who absolutely shines in his role of the chef. Another thing that made this film great was the unpredictability throughout the entire movie. As it starts you kind of wonder if a movie about a restaurant could really be interesting, but pretty quickly it takes an unexpected turn and the unexpected just keeps piling up in this movie! All in all, I would really encourage you to see this movie!