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 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