The Menu is a comedy horror movie directed by Mark Mylod, starring Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy.
Fiennes’ performance and the photography save the day in this film as the story at all times maintains a freezing distance to its characters.
Chef extraodinaire, Julian Slowik, offers a six course dinner at his secluded restaurant to select patrons.
With its pristine photography, and the superb performances, especially by Ralph Fiennes, this horror/thriller, with very faint hints of dark comedy, is visually impressive but does not quite get under one’s skin. It is as cold as the characters in the story.
It is unpleasant by nature – being the thriller/horror movie it is – and the few humorous interjections, while funny, are as cynical as can be, making one laugh but not feel too good about it. Mylod has certainly succeeded in evoking that discomfort of dichotomous feelings.
The production is impressive. With the high angle shots of arrangements that are works of art in themselves, and being very selective with the close-ups of the two protagonists it is visually impactful.
One might enter the cinema expecting some interesting tale around food, and once inside the cinema, shortly after the movie takes off, one might think the movie will take a very particular culinary and sordid turn. It does take a turn, however, not the one expected. On that point Mylod succeeds yet again.
There are a couple scenes and sequences that are superfluous to the story, and even come across as absurd – one of them involves a guard. But then again, nothing is perfect, however much rancorous Chef Slowik strives for it to be.
‘The Menu’ is definitely recommendable, but do not expect the usual horror movie. And do not expect to leave feeling victorious. However pristine the photography, it will leave you with neither a good nor a bad taste in mouth, it will leave you tasting nothing at all – eerie.
Ralph Fiennes / Chef Slowik
Anya Taylor-Joy / Margot
Nicholas Hoult / Tyler
Hong Chau / Elsa
Janet McTeer / Lillian
Judith Light / Anne
Paul Adelstein / Ted
John Leguizamo / Movie Star
Rob Yang / Bryce
Mark St. Cyr / Dave
The Menu (2022)
Movie title: The Menu
Movie description: Chef extraodinaire, Julian Slowik, offers a six course dinner at his secluded restaurant to select patrons.
Date published: December 4, 2022
Country: United States
Duration: 1h 46m
Author: Veronica Loop
Director(s): Mark Mylod
Writer(s): Seth Reiss, Will Tracy
Cinematography: Peter Deming
Actor(s): Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light, John Leguizamo
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Companies: Hyperobject Industries, Gary Sanchez Productions, TSG Entertainment
‘The Menu’ is definitely recommendable, but do not expect the usual horror movie. And do not expect to leave feeling victorious. However pristine the photography, it will leave you with neither a good nor a bad taste in your mouth, it will leave you tasting nothing at all – eerie.