Friday, November 18, 2022

The Menu - 2 1/2 Stars - November 18, 2022 - THEATERS

Brilliant chef Julien Stowki, played by Ralph Fiennes - has had it with his "A" list customers, who must travel by boat to his exclusive island restaurant and pay $1250 each for whatever he's cooking that night. In The Menu He arranges an invitation only evening inviting a noted food critic, an over the hill movie star, a wealthy couple in a failing marriage and a pack of money men for a night in which they learn they will never survive.  Anya Taylor-Joy catches his eye as Margot - a last minute date brought by Nicholas Hoult, a foodie wannabe.  The chef recognizes her as not of the one percent, which gives her a fighting chance to live.  I love the idea of comedy-horror, best represented by Get Out. This is no Get Out.  However, The Menu has its moments and breezes by in about an hour and forty minutes.  Real foodies will probably recognize the food.  I enjoyed watching the chef cook a mouthwatering cheeseburger.