Chef was a passion project for Jon Favreau, and it shows in how lovingly this film was shot. Favreau directs and stars as Carl Casper, a well known chef who ends up pissing off one of the most acclaimed food critics in the country. Needless to say, he is soon unemployed. He also has a distant relationship with his son Percy (played Emjay Anthony) and is convinced by his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) to start up a food truck. He enlists his son to help him, and his former sous chef Martin (John Leguizamo) comes along for the ride. They soon have a booming business, but they also learn the true meaning and importance of family and following your passions.
The acting is top-notch, with Favreau flawlessly pulling being both star and director. Emjay Anthony brings soul and an emotional anchor as his son, and supporting turns by Leguizamo, Vergara, Bobby Canavale, and Scarlett Johansson bolster the film further and add extra emotional layers.
The film is stunning, and is full of food porn. Every dish is created with exquisite detail,and you will be hungry by the end of Chef. I also loved how social media was integrated into the film, and adored the vibrant Miami setting.
The story is strong, if predictable, but will leave you feeling warm inside. It plumbs the bonds of family and the nature of passion, but it’s just so easy to see where the film is going and how it will end. Luckily, it’s satisfying.
I highly recommend Chef if you haven’t seen it already. It’s a gorgeous passion project full of vibrant performances and bubbling over with creativity and love.
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