The Menu

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Mark Mylod, the director of Succession and its executive producer, is satirizing the super-rich in a deliciously comic black film. Sweet revenge is served to audiences in The Menu. However, it would be best if this movie was viewed first by those individuals at the bottom who respond to the whims of their foolish rich clients. The Movie has several wealthy and arrogant jerks going for an ultra-exclusive gathering in a private island via boats. These have paid handsomely to be entertained by a great chef. What awaits them is one serious comeuppance on their Michelin stars.

A docked luxury yacht receives a beautiful girl called Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) from proud foodie Tyler(Nicholas Hoult). Society’s well-dressed people with lots of jewelry follow suit with the pair. While this young actress walks past, she spurns away from an old man who knows her too well. The superstar (John Leguizamo) asks his assistant (Aimee Carrero), “Where’s paparazzi?” He is proud that he got noticed by loud finance bros( Rob Yang and Arturo Castro). High speaking Lillian Bloom(Janet McTeer) the famous food critic chats with her editor(Paul Adelstein). When Margot’s name doesn’t feature on Elsa(Hong Chau), the bossy looking Maitre D’s list there might occur some insignificant problem.

They are then transported aboard the yacht to Hawthorne in seclusion. Their immediate seating follows after they have been shown around for just some few minutes by employees of that hotel. Tyler cannot contain his joy now anymore than before as they approach molecular gastronomy at its finest ever produced meal event directed by Julian Slowik(Ralph Fiennes). A sharp clap orders all waiters and cooks into rigid positions standing straight up. Afterward Chef Julian Slowik(Ralph Fiennes) enters the dining room with a commanding presence.

Julian tells his select guests that they will experience an exceptional culinary moment just once in their lives. Only one restaurant has it on its menu and this place is exclusively made for delicate tastes of its customary clients. Julian’s laser beam eyes land on Margot at this point. How come she is here? Margot is shocked as well as insulted when he singles her out. Meanwhile, Tyler ignores her embarrassment while still taking effusively about what a great occasion they had ahead of them at Hawthorne. This unusual first course lets them know that their memorable meal has dark motives behind it.

The diners are arrogant and disgusting. Seemingly, Margot does not fit in among them all. She did not expect to be there at Hawthornes either. This makes Julian’s meticulous plan more intricate but does not change his purpose. Having food at Hawthorne would be beyond the reach of common people; except class differentiation isn’t just about the figures in your offshore bank accounts, it also can be measured by the way you treat your food or service which says much about who you really are inside.Everything that lives must die for others to live off it.Luxury like this demands respect for such sacrifice above anything else in life.Julian earned his greatness through years of hard work.He even comes to a freezing realization after hitting success.But his bigger disappointment was cooking for those who didn’t give a damn about anything else except themselves.

Mylod (Entourage, Shameless) excels at satirizing obnoxious behavior. But Hoult’s Tyler knows every gadget and ingredient needed to prepare an extraordinary dish.Therefore ,he lacks an understanding of how laborious and creative making good food can be.It is simply meant to prove one’s intellect thus elevating him above others.This trait seems common among attendees.They’re used to having whatever they want whenever they want it and at someone else’s expense; whose sacrifices mean nothing.

Predictability is a problem with this movie. Once the violence starts, there’s nothing surprising. However, Mylod does not intend to make any major revelations. He rather tries to depict social, economic and philosophical aspects of classism. Four star dining is a suitable forum for exploring these disparities. Ruben Östlund’s award-winning Triangle of Sadness seems to resonate with The Menu. Although being more subdued it has equally biting laughter that cuts through you like a knife edge. Schadenfreude and death as dessert – I laughed until my belly hurt here too! If I were here, I would order from this menu again.

The Menu is produced by Hyperobject Industries, Alienworx Productions, and Gary Sanchez Productions just like other films.

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