“The Menu”: why go see the food thriller with Anya Taylor-Joy?

“The Menu”: why go see the food thriller with Anya Taylor-Joy?

Take a deserted island accessible only by boat. Added to this is a top-of-the-range restaurant, twelve highly selected guests, who have come specifically to enjoy a menu at 1,250 dollars (about 1,210 euros) per evening. Sprinkled with a dash of suspense, a spoonful of dark humor, all infused with a gruesome tightrope atmosphere. Here is the thriller recipe The menu, explosive new film starring the star of the event series The Queen’s Game (2020) Anya Taylor-Joy. A real dive into the world of haute cuisine, this film by director Mark Mylod, on which he worked game of Thrones (2011) e Succession (2018), brilliantly mixes genres, from horror film to culinary reality and social satire. The feature film frustrates our expectations one by one, with a scenario developed like a house of cards constantly ready to shatter. Overview of reasons to go see The menu upon its release, this Wednesday 23 November.

  • Anya Taylor-Joy in Mark Mylod’s “The Menu” to be released November 23, 2022 © Century Studios

    Anya Taylor-Joy in
    Anya Taylor-Joy in

  • Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult in Mark Mylod’s ‘The Menu’ to be released November 23, 2022 © Century Studios

    Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult in
    Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult in

  • Ralph Fiennes in “The Menu” by Mark Mylod, out November 23, 2022 © Century Studios

    Ralph Fiennes in “The Menu” by Mark Mylod, out November 23, 2022 © Century Studios
    Ralph Fiennes in “The Menu” by Mark Mylod, out November 23, 2022 © Century Studios


1. The three-star cast

For one evening, guests are invited to the restaurant table of the famous chef Slowik and his brigade.. Brilliantly embodied by the British actor Ralph Fiennes, who played the dark wizard Lord Voldemort in the saga harry potter, this central character of the plot designs a sumptuous multi-course dinner, conceived as an experience from which no one will emerge unscathed. By excelling in the exercise of storytelling around his dishes, the chef gradually reveals a complex personality, just like his cooking. Like a Jack Nicholson in shining (1980) or an Anthony Hopkins in The silence of the lambs (1991), the actor alternates with great precision moments of vulnerability with chilling scenes, and shines in this role of a perfectionist chef and sociopath. Like a stone in a well-oiled chef-designed cog, Anya Taylor-Joy embodies the incendiary and rebellious Margot, who enlivens the plot. Off the menu, she denotes the snobbery and superficiality of the rest of the guests. In the film, she accompanies her boyfriend, Tyler, played by Briton Nicholas Hoult. This inveterate gourmand brings the right amount of comedy and pathos that makes the sauce go up, this one idolizes, without limits, the Slowik chef.

“The Menu” by Mark Mylod, released November 23, 2022 © Century Studios
“The Menu” by Mark Mylod, released November 23, 2022 © Century Studios

“The Menu” by Mark Mylod, released November 23, 2022 © Century Studios

2. Tantalizing culinary scenes

Self The menu it’s a delightfully well-crafted thriller, especially in the attention to detail, right down to the plate. As the title suggests, the menu is the link between all the tables, delightfully punctuated by announcements of dishes with biting irony. The film will delight lovers of thriller and haute cuisine, with entire filming sequences shot in the kitchen, aestheticizing the preparation of the dishes, specially designed for the occasion by the first American chef to obtain three Michelin stars, Dominique Crenn. Glazed scallops, foam with edible flowers or even perfectly roasted poultry… Succulent dishes parade among a few more conceptual dishes – we think in particular of bread without bread –, the director manages to make our mouths water in the dining room. Icing on the cake, the bridgade reinterprets the traditional roasted marshmallows, confirming that the dessert is the highlight of the show.

“The Menu” by Mark Mylod, released November 23, 2022 © Century Studios
“The Menu” by Mark Mylod, released November 23, 2022 © Century Studios

“The Menu” by Mark Mylod, released November 23, 2022 © Century Studios

3. Critique of contemporary society

As one clue hidden among countless others in the film, the name of Chef Slowik’s restaurant, Howthorne, refers to a sociology and psychology experiment conducted by the Australian Elton Mayo from 1924 to 1932. The researcher concluded that an experiment changes profoundly when the subjects are aware that they are participating in it. This conclusion inspires the plot of the film The menu, the twelve diners who realize during the meal that they are entirely part of the menu. The film gradually establishes itself as a social satire, whose joyfully detestable and terribly caricatured characters would be the main dish. Thus we witness the criticism of a group of disdainful entrepreneurs, a bourgeois couple in difficulty and a fallen movie star in full break with her agent.

In the style of Swedish director Ruben Ostlund The triangle of sadness (2022) or even Parasite (2019), by Korean director Bo-Hoon Jung, director Mark Mylod ironically attacks the richest 1%. He obscurely describes the violence of a capitalist society that opposes the privileged and those who serve them in a binary way. More than cooking in general, its hyper-intellectualization is at stake, The menu questioning our relationship with ‘art’ (the critique can be extended to the contemporary art world) in a society based on ‘experience’. As Anya Taylor-Joy confided in an interview with Numéro: “I think [que le film] warns against being so engrossed in experiences that you risk becoming apathetic to a new experience. Food and life are meant to be enjoyed. But there is a level of pretentiousness where you stop enjoying anything. Everything becomes a matter of image rather than a matter of real experience. And I hope that’s what people learn from the film: that sometimes you can afford to take things less seriously if it means enjoying them more.”.

“The menu” (2022) by Mark Mylod with Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Hoult, in theaters November 23.

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