Review: The Menu
Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) and Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) are a couple going to an inclusive restaurant on a remote island run by famed Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) Tyler is a huge fan, Margot doesn't get the hype. But they soon find out there's more than just a fancy meal going on here.
The Menu had one of the best trailers I'd seen in ages so I immediately knew I wanted to see it. Not mention I love taking a good food pic. You won't find me forking out $1200 a person like the people in this film to get a fancy meal, but I appreciate it. I was a picky eater growing up, so I have a lot to make up for now when it comes to being an adventurous eater.
The Menu is a hard movie to describe. Is it horror? Thriller? I think I'd call it a suspenseful drama. You find out what the catch is very early on, but then you have to sit with it, anticipating what's next. It's very well done.
The acting across the board is excellent. Each different table of people has different personalities and reasons for being at the restaurant and the humor hits every time. Nicholas Hoult in particular is the standout. His character is such a dick but he's SO good at being a fanboy here. I have to shout out Hong Chau as well. She has a scene in this film where she's explaining a tortilla dish to someone that I about died during. I want to give her an Oscar for that alone.
I'm really happy for director Mark Mylod. He's directed episodes from a few of my favorite shows so it's nice to see his work on the big screen.
I loved every moment of this. Going in, I had heard rumblings of the ending not being for everyone but I thought it worked perfectly. I think this might my favorite of the year.