When I travel the world, I now and then dine at Michelin 3-Star and Pellegrino Top 50 restaurants (here are #s 51-100, for there are 106 Michelin 3-Stars). There are also many other great restaurants here and there, with two from Stockholm, for example, worthy of consideration. Thus the movie, Chef, was one I especially wanted to see.
While box office revenues for the weekend only barely placed it in the Top Ten, I felt that this was the best film I've enjoyed this year.
- travails of gourmet chef Carl Casper (played by Jon Favreau, who also wrote, produced and directed),
- who was impaled by food critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt),
- triggering his fall and return to Miami roots,
- where he is convinced by his former wife Inez (Sofia Vergara, right) that a food truck was ideal for an independent and creative thinker, for he can work for himself,
- so was helped by Inez's second divorced husband (Robert Downey--who apparently also created the movie soundtrack cover, below--and the music was an integral part of the production) and his son to build a food truck:
- selling cuban sandwiches, with variations and
- with his son and best friend (John Leguizamo as Martin a line cook), drives back to Los Angeles, with a particularly memorable stop in New Orleans:
The ending was classical Hollywood, which was okay. The hero, it turned out towards the end, was a pleasant surprise, so let me leave this at that. (But hint: could this perceived insensitive troublemaker be the guy?)
I might still go to the latest X-Men (RT=91%/95%) and Godzilla (RT=73%/74%) to experience the 3D and Titan XC effects. I just don't like these supernatural/superhuman films, and if animated, worse, so I must warn you that an animated sequel is soon to arrive: How to Train Your Dragon 2, for Rotten Tomatoes has already given it 100% reviewers' and 98% audience ratings.
Hurricane Amanda in the East Pacific is weakening, now down to 120 MPH: