“A young couple travel 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 Reiss, Will Tracy
Staring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, Aimee Carreo, Janey McTeer, Nicholas Hoult
Release Date: November 18, 2022
The Menu is not strictly a la carte. At least not based off this first trailer.
The Menu is going to be weird. This is not any normal restaurant. This would appear to be a cult that wears a disguise of lavish food. The only attendee who is not falling under the spell of the restaurant’s ethos is Margot, who is played by the rising sensation Anya Taylor-Joy. Margot is attending this Hawthorne (the name of the restaurant) with her romantic partner Tyler (Nicholas Hoult), and he is much more into this experience than she is.
Taylor-Joy is on a bit of a run of dark movies. The New Mutants (2020) was fulled with all dark colors. Last Night In Soho (2021) was her character falling into dark depths of depravity, and The Northman (2022) is as dirty and grimy as you can get. Coming up she has The Menu and in 2024 we have a return to the apocalyptic with George Miller’s Furiosa. Taylor-Joy does have an untitled Super Mario Project coming up in 2023, but that is the abnormality. Don’t think there will be any power up mushrooms in The Menu.
The leader of this crazy as vibe is Chef Slowik. Being played by Ralph Fiennes, Slowick is a man who demands respect and gets it in a militaristic way. There are moments in this trailer when his sous chefs are literally dictating their love to him in a rigid STEP-ONE-TWO manner. With this role, Fiennes appears to be going back into his Lord Voldemort essence; slow talking, slow moving, and filled with forlorn.
All of the beautifully decorated food reminds me of NBC’s criminally underrated show Hannibal. That could be a fun debate that would involve a lot research: what movies or TV shows have the beautiful looking food? We should not do best tasting because there is the whole cannibalism aspect that infiltrates media. Immediate thoughts are Chef (2014), Ratatouille (2007). Does Elf (2003) count with its candy pancakes?
There you go LCB, have your next obscure draft!
I have not seen anything that The Menu director Mark Mylod. He has been a monster in terms of TV with directing credits on Game Of Thrones, Shameless and Succession. He did direct Entourage (2015), but this is a new challenge for his fifth major motion picture. He has worked with stars before, but this is a script that is a different breed.
This is the first motion picture screenplay for writers Will Tracy and Seth Reiss.
Okay, but what is going to happen in The Menu? Do we think there are going to be human sacrifices? Is this going to be playing on the idea that the secret ingredient in a great recipe is love? You know, the people attending this restaurant love the food and its craft, and since Margot doesn’t live it, that is why Slowik wants her out because she is a rotten egg.
What is really satisfying out The Menu trailer is that we do not know what is going to happen. What a lovely, pleasant surprise. Keep us guessing and keep us intrigued.
The Menu is open to the public on November 18, 2022.
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