Review: Chef (2014) – Jon Favreau

chef-posterCHEF: Directed by Jon Favreau

From IMDB: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

– This is heavily influenced by Jon Favreau as he wrote, directed, and stars.  He’s actually directed some notable films, including IRON MAN 1 & 2, as well as ELF (films of completely different genres).

I’ll always remember and think of him as the ‘friend’ from RUDY.

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– This is a solid film about the restaurant and food industry.  If it doesn’t make you want to immediately start cooking after the film, it’ll definitely make you want to eat something.

– Jon Favreau gives a great performance as the lead, Carl. – A chef who loses his job because he wants to impress a critic by giving him food that’s not on the restaurants normal menu.  He’s very believable in this role.  For some reason when I think of what a chef may look like, he looks exactly like Jon Favreau.

– What takes the film to another level is the fact that it’s not just about a random chef and food.  There’s also a nice side story about Carl’s family and his young son, Percy.

– Being obsessed with what he does leads to Carl neglecting his son, but as the film moves along we get to see the two bond together.  This sounds like a cliched storyline that you’ve seen a million times, but it never gets to the point where I thought it was too much.

– Carl’s son is played by young actor Emjay Anthony.  He actually has a very large role, and for a young actor he does a decent job.  Him and Favreau had the perfect chemistry needed to display the on-off relationship between father and son.

– If you’re a fan of MODERN FAMILY or Sophia Vergara, you may want to skip this next point.  I stopped watching MODERN FAMILY because I couldn’t stand her anymore.  I totally forgot she was in this film, and when she popped up as Carl’s ex-wife I was immediately rattled.  I hate her so much.  Not only do I find her annoying, but I think she’s a terrible actress.  She tries SO hard in this and of course, she fails miserably.  In what is mostly a great film, she brought it down a few notches for me.

– Twitter gets some amazing advertisement, as a lot of the success of Carl’s business is from the use of social media.  There’s so much mention of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media in the film.  It may even teach some older people about the different social media platforms.  The graphics that are used for the tweets and texts has shown up a lot in films recently.  I think one of the first ones that I saw do it within the last year was FRUITVALE STATION.

– Stupid Robert Downey Jr. shows up in a meaningless role.

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CHEF is the perfect film to watch when you’re just looking for an entertaining, well made, easy watch.  There’s two aspects to the film, and they both work very well; the first being the chef/food storyline.  I always find it fascinating how much passion people can have for making food, and you can tell that’s what Jon Favreau’s Carl loves to do.  All the food he makes in the film looks delicious and at times it feels like your watching the cooking channel.  The second storyline is the family aspect.  At times, I felt as if they story with his son was going to go in the same direction as every other film, but there’s the perfect amount of it.  The film is actually a lot deeper than I thought it was going to be, and I’m sure many people would be able to take something away from it.  This was a solid effort from Jon Favreau.

CHEF: 7.5/10

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