Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey Review - 3 Stars

Helen Mirren stars as a serious French restaurant owner non too happy with her new neighbors from India.  The newcomers — a family headed by Om Puri — immigrate to France after a tragedy leaves the father widowed and the children scarred.  But their love of cooking nourishes their soul in spite of the haughty French woman across the street who looks down on their cuisine. “The Hundred Foot Journey” sticks to a tried and true formula.  Young son Manish Dayal woos the rival restaurants sous chef.  And he dreams of cooking at the highest levels.  Those dreams end the culture war and take him to an unexpected level.  “The Hundred Foot Journey: combines food and romance in the winning way of other successful movies including “Big Night” “Babette’s Feast” and “Chocolate.”   Does it deliver what it promises?  Don’t expect anything new but do expect a pleasant experience.  Is it entertaining?  Easy to watch and enjoy.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Yes and dinner afterward.