From nothing more than my friend, former roommate, and filmmaking partner, Ivan’s positive review, I went to see Jon Favreau’s new film Chef.
I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum, but some of the things that really stood out: Music, Montage, and Movement.
This music soundtrack was MADE for me. Boogaloo, Salsa, Hip Hop, and Al Green???? What a great mix. Every choice felt appropriate and there was a good blend of diegetic and non-diegetic sounds.
Every montage sequence was a beast. This was definitely helped by the music, but the editing was phenomenal. The camerawork was also very solid and there was some interesting lighting throughout.
A little on the lines of montage, but I felt like the pacing of the film was overall very strong. It rarely felt very long, which made the film’s ending come far too quickly for me.
Outside of those three things that were done very well, the acting was solid. No one came out in poor fashion, especially once I got sutured in to the films narrative. And since this is a film about relationships and passion more so than plot, this was a great thing. To go back to the idea of movement again, the main conflicts in the film are based on it.
The Chef, Carl Casper (Favreau), is stagnant in his career (lack of movement), which is an issue when his son Percy (Emjay Anthony), ex-wife (Vergara), and the rest of the world seem to be moving at an alarming rate. Many of Casper’s pitfalls are a result of him not moving on in his career, or with the technology of the world (Twitter to be exact). It isn’t until he gets out of his comfort zone and begins to move that things improve and he catches up with his son.
Not a perfect film, but definitely not a bad one. If you’re looking for a plot with a strong resolution, then this one isn’t for you. However, if you like journeys and latin music Chef is a definite winner.
Let me know what you think if you’ve seen it,