Chef Review by Ammar Akhtar

Chef stars Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Dustin Hoffman. It is directed by Jon Favreau. Chef is about a cook named Carl Casper. He loses his job at a highly rated restaurant, but buys a food truck in hopes of incorporating his creativity, something he was limited to in his last job. All while doing this, he deals with the trouble of bonding with his son.

    The characters in this film were pretty good. Jon Favreau as Carl was great. He had some great scenes and a stellar performance overall. The son also did a good job. There were a couple of times where his performance was average. He was good, but he’s not as good as Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense or that boy from Looper. Probably my favorite character in the movie was Robert Downey Jr. He only has one scene in the entire movie, but his humor and acting was great in that scene. He’s basically your everyday Robert Downey Jr.! Everyone else was pretty average. There were not much show-stealing performances. The only one that would be close would be Jon Favreau’s.

    I thought the music was great. It had a fast-beat and Mexican feel similar to the film. Also, there is A LOT of food. It's like food porn. I was starving after finishing the movie. For that reason, don't watch this with an empty stomach! The food looks so good. You can almost feel it in your mouth.

           This takes place in the present day, so we see a lot of social media. However, it works for the film because they use it for advertising. No one really reads newspapers or watch the news on TV. People these days learn everything on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. They used it very smartly, but it's also pretty obvious the film is promoting Twitter. Even when someone sends a tweet, we see the bird fly away with a tweet. This was kind of annoying.

           One problem I had with the film is that after he gets fired, nothing major really happens. All that happens is that he gets the food truck and makes food around the country in the summer. Something does happen with the family, but it's predictable. The film doesn't really have a major conflict after the food truck. I would have liked to see Carl struggle more with his family. This would have made it a bit better.

           Overall, this is a good movie. If you’re looking for a feel-good film that will make you hungry and dance around, this is the film for you.

 MY SCORE: 7.5/10