486. Chef

Background info

486-chefTitle: Chef
Director: Jon Favreau
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 54m

“When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend, and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen – and zest for life and love.”

Live blog

1:15 – Did Favreau have to learn how to chop like that? Wonder how many injuries he got training for this role.
5:06 – Look at the size of that sandwich!
8:27 – Love that it’s a blogger they’re trying to impress.
11:11 – I find Mr Bonetangles far more funny than I should.
16:26 – They always tell you not to eat spaghetti on a first date, Scarlet has to eat it in a movie!
17:30 – Did he take his kid to see Iron Man? That was the Iron Man noise!
24:04 – That’s a great kid actor. They seem to be so much better recently.
26:45 – Great use of tweeting on screen.
29:44 – I’m sure this is the first film I’ve seen with a big ol’ Twitter fight in it.
40:38 – Shouting at someone in public isn’t the best way to prove they’re not getting to you.
46:05 – “Everybody I know saw it, so I felt famous just by knowing you.”
51:32 – Bienvenido a Miami.
57:44 – Argh! Iron Man again.
1:14:56 – Is it wrong that I’m learning along with the kid?
1:20:21 – I like how friendly he is with his ex-wife. Amicable.
1:24:55 – First time Vine’s been in the movies! OMG!
1:35:37 – If I had a food truck, I’d suffer with that. Eating all the supplies.
1:40:51 – “Don’t forget. I’ll resend it.”

Conclusions

Loved this film, but potentially for all the wrong reasons – the fact that Iron Man made a cameo appearance, and the little Iron Man noise in the cinema. The bit where the kid uses Vine and becomes their social media director just for being awesome.

It’s a nice story, heartwarming, with plenty of food appreciation along the way. Favreau is excellent at being passionate about food, and clueless about technology. I thought the kid was a great actor – you don’t tend to see quite so many rubbish child actors these days, do you?

The reliance on social media means this film isn’t likely to age well, but it’s a great watch now, so make sure you check it out while it’s still relevant!

Rating: 4/5.

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