The Menu Movie 2022 Review
A young couple travels to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.
Director Mark Mylod
Writers Seth ReissWill Tracy
Stars Ralph FiennesAnya Taylor-JoyNicholas Hoult
Hawthorne awaits a group of ultra-rich restaurants with discerning palates serving the finest cuisine: an exclusive culinary temple helmed by the highly regarded chef Julian Slovic. Ready for a sumptuous multi-course meal and the experience of a lifetime, obsessive foodie Tyler and his plus-one Margot enter the no-holds-barred, private minimalist restaurant. Finally the long wait is over. However, no one knows that the secret genius in the kitchen has big plans for tonight. After all, the commanding culinary artist has been pushing the boundaries of taste and fine dining for decades. Now the host can finally unveil his grand poem. But is the idle customer ready for Julian’s creative obsession?
Release date November 18, 2022 (United States)
Country of origin United States
Official site Official Site (Japan)
Languages English Spanish
Also known as Thực Đơn Bí Ẩn
Filming locations Savannah, Georgia, USA
Production companies Alienworx Productions Alienworx Productions Hyper object
Porn Rich has had a tough time in movies lately. Last month, Ruben Ostlund put a couple of them on a luxury yacht and watched them throw themselves at each other in a “triangle of sadness.” Next week, Rian Johnson will drop a few of them on a private Greek island to wonder which of them is the killer in Glass Onion: A Knocked Out Mystery.
But this week, members of the extreme 1% just got stuck — as in Skewered and Grilled — at The Menu. Director Marc Mylod satirizes a certain kind of aristocracy here, with a wild exaggeration of his idealized world. This is where macho tech bros, snobbish culture journalists, washed-up celebrities, and self-confessed foodies are so deluded that they think they’re as knowledgeable as MasterChef himself. Seeing them and trying to please each other is trump. Great fun with the sharp screenplay by Seth Reese and Will Tracy.
But the set-up to what happens at this ultra-expensive restaurant on Hawthorne’s remote island is more interesting than the actual payoff. The performances remain prickly, the jokes gleefully biting. And “The Menu” is always technically brilliant. But you may feel a little hungry after this meal.
But “The Menu” continues to shine around the world as a feast for the eyes and ears. Peter Deming’s imaginative cinematography makes this private island incredibly beautiful. Ethan Taubman’s sleek, chic production design immediately evokes an atmosphere of understated luxury, and Melod explores the space in an innovative way, with overhead recordings of not only the food but the restaurant floor. Also comes into action. And Colin Stetson’s witty and playful score underpins the film’s rhythm and steadily ratchets up the tension.