Finally! All summer long I've been waiting for this! Let me just say that this summer has been terrible for film--with the exception of maybe 3 movies. And with the batch that have been coming out lately, I needed a pick-me-up movie that would get me back into wanting to go to the cinema again. And here it is in all it's glory--a film that isn't as simple as it may seem. It's not just a story about a Chef trying to rediscover himself, but it's a film that beautifully exhibits the happy medium between the old and the new generations' views on technology and orchestrates perfectly how neither ideal is to be shoved aside as we need both schools to get by in life.
Along with a great cast and an amazing soundtrack, I love the subtle humor. It doesn't realize how funny it is, which makes it that much funnier.
As for the negative, a disjointing detail about Robert Downey Jr.'s character being Inez' ex-husband wasn't really made clear prior to his appearance, but it's only distracting for that one scene. Also, because the first half of the movie is such a riot, everything after that may seem like it's taking its time. But even though it slows down towards the end, it's still entertaining and satisfying as we get to see a mini-roadtrip and a great father-son development.
Although it may not set the world on fire with innovative results, Chef is a thoroughly pleasing movie that you will be bobbing your head to. It's predictable, but in the best possible way.
Twizard Rating: 94