The Menu (2022), Ralph Fiennes, Searchlight Pictures

THE MENU (2022): The Things I Liked…

There are many good things about director Mark Mylod’s comedy/horror/thriller, The Menu

The cast is fantastic, the performances faultless, and one can hardly go wrong with John Leguizamo, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Feinnes, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer and Nicholas Hoult on the same call sheet. Especially considering the delightfully rhythmic dialogue, plus the unexpected twists and turns.

Mylod’s story about a young couple who travel to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant, but end up faced with shocking surprises is fun and will leave you with plenty to talk about afterwards.

The topics I had to discuss immediately once the end credits rolled included Anya Taylor-Joy’s Margot character being my favourite. I enjoyed Margot’s disposition and every word that came out of her mouth. Hong Chau’s Elsa is also fun for similar reasons to Margot, but undoubtedly in part because of her memorable outfit.

The Menu (2022), Anya Taylor-Joy, Searchlight Pictures
The Menu (2022), Anya Taylor-Joy, Searchlight Pictures

The Menu does well at keeping the audience far from comfortable from the beginning because of the mystery surrounding what the evening has in store for both the audience and the characters. Yet, the part-horror characterisation is not nightmare-inducing. What it is, is a memorable movie experience.

I’m convinced that The Menu might have benefited from being a mini-series rather than a feature film. Specifically, because some moments felt inadequately fleshed out, resulting in my inability to buy into a handful of the decisions made by some characters.

Admittedly, I also eventually tired of Feinnes’s Chef Slowik character, distinctly how his pretentious and subsequently unlikable qualities manifest when he demands the attention of his guests.

Watch The Menu because it’s fun. Lastly, the things it gets right will probably leave you feeling glad that the movie exists. 

Happy Film Loving

G

11 thoughts on “THE MENU (2022): The Things I Liked…”

  1. I am happy I saw it, but it is one of those movies I’d have trouble recommending because ultimately it fell flat for me with the ending. I can’t honestly say how I would have written that film at the end, but I felt the conclusion unsatisfying. I loved the cast, and had no issue with the pace of the movie either. Your thought about a series as opposed to a film really hit home with me. I could definitely see a series here in the spirit of the recent release The Afterparty with Tiffany Haddish where we would get to see exactly how everyone hissed off Chef. Great observation, G.

    1. I can certainly understand your feelings about the ending. It’s one of the things I enjoyed talking about with the film-loving stranger sat to my right when I watched the movie at a screening last week. We sat there for ten minutes at the end sharing our thoughts about all of it, including the ending, which we both wished we could have believed more readily. We ended up concluding that as not quite perfect as The Menu is, we were happy to have seen it because part of the fun on the day was sharing our thoughts at the end because it truly gave us a lot to think about.

    2. It would be amazing if certain movies could be turned into series based on an audiences desire for the filmmakers to take on our feedback and give us something that is that much more satisfying. Can you imagine how much fun that would be for us if the mini-series ends up being better than the film, just as we hoped? 😁🙏🙏🤞🤞🥳🥳🍾🍾🥂🥂

      I haven’t seen Afterparty yet but now I want to. It would truly be great to see the Chef’s character slowly change from the super excited chef who’s loving what he does to the present version.
      Thanks for the kind compliment. 😊

      1. I told my wife about your idea for The Menu series and she agreed it would have been great if they did that. I thought Afterparty was pretty good, spending each episode providing context and backstory about the possible suspects in a murder, while also working towards the “who did it.”

      1. I watched this the other night and won’t soon forget it. Still rolling this one over in my mind but I think they skewered a lot of individuals who needed to be skewered.

      2. Because both The Menu, and my lates post (Violent Night) feature skewering – so to speak, my initial reply to your comment was about Violent Night. Oops! 😁

        What I meant to say is, very understandable. The menu is the kind that requires some time to process because it gives us so much to think and talk about. Thr skewering was quite something. 😁

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