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Review of THE MENU, the film by Mark Mylod only in cinemas from November 17th.

The Italian poster of the film THE MENU.

FILM CARD

DIRECTOR: Mark Mylod
CAST: Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult
DURATION: 106 mins.
RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2022
DISTRIBUTION: The Walt Disney Company Italy


REVIEW

2500 dollars for a dinner, or rather THE dinner: on a desert island for a very select few, guests of the eminence of the chefs Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes).
Among them is the young couple made up of super fan and gourmand Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) and wary Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy).
And when the menu becomes lethal, she will be the one to look for an unlikely escape route to not pay the bill…

Your table manners are a cryin’ shame
You’re playin’ with your food, this ain’t some kind of game
Now if you starve to death you’ll just have yourself to blame
Eat It – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Great protagonist of the Rome Film Fest 2022 and now in all cinemas, the brilliant horror comedy The Menu has all it takes to become the tastiest surprise of the month.
The Menu. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.

A scene from the movie The Menu. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.

Written with biting lightness by Seth Reiss And Will Tracy (Succession) and directed by Mark Mylod (Succession, Game of Thrones, Shameless), The Menu comes out a very short distance from Triangle of Sadness and curiously it shares several elements: a malfunctioning couple, a boat, an island and an elitist experience that strips and parodies the uses and customs of frivolous riches and sophistication. In this case, food.

The Menu mocks the fanaticism and exasperation of the conceptual noblesse of food culture, both by those who propose/propose it at a very high price, and by those who blindly assimilate it, but in a very different form from the satire of Ostlundlogically without that authorial system but with a surreal horror crescendo contaminated by nuanced extreme Asian cinema fetishisms.
And a final girl who anchors collective sanity perfectly framed by the cynicism and grimaces of an enchanting and growing skill Taylor-Joy. The other stars work too, from the disciplined and luciferian Fiennes behind the stove to the never again baby Houltpassing through some extravagant supporting actors such as John Leguizamo And Hong Chau.

Nicholas Hoult in a scene from the movie THE MENU. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

Nicholas Hoult in a scene from the movie THE MENU. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.

They are all pawns on a narrow and claustrophobic chessboard furnished as a restaurant where waiting is the appetite that creates the right, moderate tension in view of the main course, overcoming the thin line between chic antics and madness, the hilarious crescendo of nonsense and in parallel of streams of blood.

The fact that The Menu doesn’t offer anything completely new is nimbly dribbled by toned script, sure-footed tightrope walker between laughter, fork and stab.
And the sarcastic caricature of those who would die for the narrow dish of the starred chef on duty is increasingly useful for us to save ourselves, or someone, from a bad end. Be it a blow or the simple stonedness of extremist gourmets.

Luca Zanovello


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THE MENU (horror comedy, 2022) film review | Movies | msd extension