After we watched several episodes of The Mandalorian, we wanted to look at the other works of director/writer/actor Jon Favreau. Jon Favreau is known by mainstream audiences for his work on the first two Iron Man films and for being an architect in the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We decided to dive into Favreau’s lesser-known films that he has created. We stumbled upon Chef, an indie film that Favreau made in 2014. Favreau stars alongside fellow Marvel cohorts Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson in this picture about a chef, who moves to Miami to start a food-truck business.
Chef features a stellar ensemble of actors in this film. Favreau plays Carl Casper, who’s a chef that works in a prestigious Los Angeles restaurant. Casper quits from the restaurant after the owner, played by Dustin Hoffman, pushes him too far. Hoffman brings a ferocious side that highlights the tension between owner and Casper. Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Downey Jr., and Bobby Cannavale bring energy, humor, and compassion to the food flick. When Casper arrives in Miami, he opens the food truck in a manner of self-discovery to figure out what makes him happy as a chef. The move to Miami rekindles his passion for cooking, love, and life.
One of the many highlights of the film is the concentration on social media. Casper becomes somewhat obsessed with reviews from his critics. The film acknowledges the toxicity and the trouble that comes with being active on social media platforms, such as Twitter. Casper lets a particular critic, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt), get to his head. Casper retaliates online, which isn’t the best idea. In our society today, celebrities have to watch every word that they choose or every picture that they post. It’s easy in today’s society for celebrities to be offended by fans or critics. It’s also the same for the fans and the critics if the celebrity lashes out in return.
Another highlight is the beauty of food. Food is an amazing thing that brings us together. It’s delicious and it’s for our survival. Favreau portrays the beauty of food craftmanship, taste, and how it makes us happy. Seriously, if Favreau didn’t have Mando, he could make it hosting and doing his own food show. This film will cause hunger.
Overall rating: 4/5. A heartwarming film that will make viewers hungry for their favorite food.