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The Menu (2022) ★★★½

The Menu



A couple travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.


I’ll take a simple double cheeseburger any day, thank you very much!

The Menu turned out to be a well-written original concept with great performances from the cast, especially from the stunning Anya Taylor-Joy as Margot. I really loved what her character brought to the plot. She was the proverbial wrench in the whole operation which added a very engaging layer to the film.

The film’s core is centered around the deep, dark and ugly reality of capitalism and how those who are at the top are oftentimes the lowest forms of human beings. In fact, Nicholas Hoult, playing Tyler, was one of the most pathetic characters I’ve seen for quite some time. Most of the invitees to this extravagant multi-course food experience were basically pathetic, spineless half-humans which made the ending so much more fulfilling.

Ralph Fiennes played a powerful character as Chef Slowik. You get a broken artist at the end of his rope, fed up with society and its rungs, with one last gasp at perfecting something that can never be perfected.

My rating was slightly curtailed by the performance art which I felt was a tad bit overcooked in places. But overall The Menu is delicious but the experience is always what matters most. Because the food always just turns to shit in the end.

Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)

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