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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Menu - A Culinary Thriller That Satisfies the Palate

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Released 11-18-2022

Watched 02-17-2023

Reviewed 4-10-2023

Viewed on HBO Max

"It’s just theater. It’s stagecraft. This is what he does- it’s part of The Menu."

"The Menu" serves up a delightful cinematic experience, blending the perfect ingredients of horror, thrilling suspense, captivating storytelling, and a dash of humor. This film is a delectable treat more for horror and cinema fans than it is for food enthusiasts.

The premise of "The Menu" revolves around an exclusive, secretive restaurant that offers a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience to its guests. The movie takes us on a journey as we follow a food critic and his substitute date, who gets a coveted invitation to dine at this mysterious location. However, as the courses unfold, so does an intricate web of secrets, deceit, danger, and horror.

The film boasts an impressive ensemble cast, with standout performances from Ralph Fiennes as Chef and Anya Tayor-Joy as Margot. The chemistry between the guests and the enigmatic chef is both contentious and intense, adding depth and flavor to the narrative. The supporting cast, including the eccentric waitstaff and a rival critic, provide comic relief and dramatic tension at just the right moments.

The only area where "The Menu" falters slightly is in its pacing. It is slow to start, leaving some sections feeling rushed. Despite this, the engaging plot and captivating characters keep the audience invested throughout.

Overall, "The Menu" delivers a satisfying cinematic experience that masterfully combines the excitement of a thriller with the allure of the culinary world. With its sumptuous visuals and captivating performances, this film is a must-see for those looking for a unique and entertaining night at the movies. Be careful where you dine; Bon appétit!


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