Who wants a new movie? It’s the middle of November and Menu – one of the latest releases, which is in theaters across the country.
The dark comedy thriller had its world premiere on September 10 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The screenplay was written by comedy writers Seth Reiss.Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Will Tracy (succession) and produced by Hyperobject Industries (Adam McKay and Betsy Koch) and Gary Sanchez Productions (Will Ferrell).
Cast members Anya Taylor-Joy as Margo Mills, Nicholas Hoult as Tyler, Ralph Fiennes as Julian Slovik, Hawthorne’s chef, lead a group of incredible performances from an ensemble that includes Judith Light, Reed Birney, Hong Chau, John Leguizamo and Janet McTeer.
However, even after a noteworthy global opening weekend, you may still be hesitant about whether you should watch this film or skip it altogether. Read on for more information about what Menu Is it worth it to go to the theatre?
Should I look at the Menu?
The trailer did a very good job of not ruining what was to come with this band. I find that longer trailers reveal too much and keep me from going to the cinema and watching. That’s why I don’t like to spoil too much in this review.
When the film started, I had my own assumptions. There was a feeling that it would be a film similar to Death on the Nile or a classic detective film, Clue. I thought I could guess exactly what was going to happen next, but my God, I was wrong.
The moment I realized that I didn’t understand what was going on, I realized that all of these characters have more in common than I initially thought. Various conversations from each group of contestants made it possible to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each member, and as their “masks” began to be revealed by the chef, Slovik himself, each scene felt more personal.
Fiennes did a great job as Slovik. He had to navigate by expressing the cold, serious demeanor his character exhibits throughout the film. When you think he’s about to leave, you seem to be struck by the very similar intonation, even at times when he might show a bit of sympathy for the other guests. The more comedic scenes that were present throughout the movie gave me more, pardon the pun, to chew on whenever I felt like I was getting lost in the drama of the story.
I have to give credit to the script for the ending. While this was not a win-win outcome, it was not as sudden as one might imagine. It was solid, but not standard. While the actions of many of the characters may seem like this film lacks a moral compass, it actually says something important: in the end, everyone came in twos or threes, but each person turned out to be just an individual hiding behind what -some type of mask (i.e. wealth, education, status).
When people see you for who you really are, you usually stand alone with no one to support you, and this can send you into a deep spiral of lack of respect for anyone else. The ending seems to open up this conversation. He seemed a little heavy, but that’s the point.
Now, I’m biased when I say that watching horror-thriller movies and everything in between is a must. It’s always more fun to be surrounded by other people who are also experiencing each scene for the first time. Every turn that happens, it happens for the first time for everyone. Be sure to check it out if you can. This is a must see in 2022.
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