I came to see Jon Favreau's Chef because I love food and watching a near-2-hour movie specifically about food traditionally gets me going pretty well.
As a film, Chef aspires to lofty things. The film wants very badly to carry a weighted heart and at many times it succeeds bringing the audience into its world with gusto. But then there are the little moments that feel rushed and unintelligible for a final cut. These are just little moments, but they can cut deep from a film's integrity. That being said, I think it does ultimately surpass these minor issues. I don't want to even mention them as I hope anyone going to see the film might miss them altogether and thus have a better experience.
ía Vergara this month and I'm so glad she's on my radar now. Oliver Platt is an immortal favorite of mine, and though he has one of those parts that mostly will get overlooked, he still brings a stark presence to his role that proves to me he was giving it his all. And Robert Downey Jr.'s cameo is pretty amazing... and weird... but mostly just a perfect scene for an audience with such a broad relationship to the man's film career. That scene was strange as all hell, but it left me wanting more.
So what's left to say? Chef is a solid flick that can be viewed from two angles. Either it's a simple road trip movie about food (which is fine), or it's an artist coming out and stating how messy his experiences these last six years have been and trying to prove to us that he's still that same guy we enjoyed making smaller projects with legitimate heart. Well I for one think he's headed in the right direction.