The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
F. Murray Abraham,
A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war.
A veteran chef faces off against his restaurant group's new CEO, who wants to the establishment to lose a star from its rating in order to bring in a younger chef who specializes in molecular gastronomy.
An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
Carl Casper is an acclaimed chef with a family life that seems as decaying as his artistic freedom. Those frustrations boil over into a raucous viral-videoed public confrontation against a restaurant critic who panned his cooking of food that his boss ordered him to make against his instincts. Now with his career ruined, Carl's ex-wife offers an unorthodox solution in Miami: refit an old food truck to offer quality cooking on his own terms. Now with his young son, Percy, and old colleague, Martin, helping, Carl takes a working trip across America with that truck to rediscover his gastronomic passion. With Percy's tech savvy and Martin's enthusiasm, Carl finds that he is creating a traveling sensation on the way home. In doing so, Carl discovers he is serving up more than simply food, but also a deeper connection with his life and his family that is truly delicious in its own way. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Jon Favreau did his own cooking by training with food truck chef Roy Choi. Choi sent Favreau to a week of intensive French culinary schooling, where Favreau sharpened his knife skills and learned how to make sauces. "I brought him into the kitchen, and he just kind of fit in," Choi recalls. "I threw him a couple tests, like a case of chives, or a case of onions, or peel two cases of avocados. Just to see where his mind and his situation and his abilities were and how interested he was in these things. He just attacked them. He really became a part of it." See more »
When Percy creates Carl's Twitter account they settle on the name @ChefCarlCasper. Yet Carl's very first tweet, which he thought was a private message to Ramsey Michel, was shown to have been posted by @CasperCarl. For the remainder of the movie his Tweets correctly identified him as @ChefCarlCasper. See more »
'Chef.' I only watched it because I used the film as a 'filler' on my online rental list. However, after viewing it, I'm glad I did. For a long film, it passes by pretty well. Not that it's anything that original. It's a pretty standard tale of loss and redemption. A cranky yet strangely lovable chef loses his job in a restaurant and has to go it alone in a 'mobile food wagon' (while naturally trying to win back his estranged family).
If you've ever seen ANY film before, you'll probably be able to guess the story from A to B. However, just because it's predictable doesn't mean it isn't worth watching. Yes, (the always on form) Robert Downey Jr is in it and obviously he's the biggest name attached to the project, but it's not really 'his' film. Jon Favreau is what holds it all together. Despite being a little loud and a little obnoxious, he always seems to have his heart on show, making quite a believable hero to root for.
There are plenty of other big and semi-big names in the film, but it's Favreau who makes it worth watching. It's not always funny and not always dramatic just a gentle vibe which falls somewhere between the two. It's a nice movie to sit and relax with as long as you don't mind the bad language!
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