[Movie] 'Chef' or Cook?
Despite being a small-budgeted film, the movie boasted some pretty big Hollywood names. Such as Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr, Dustin Hoffman, and others. For Jon Favreau though, well, he's famous too. For younger audience, you guys probably recognize him as Happy Hogan from the Iron Man film franchise. But to more mature cinema-goers like me, we usually saw him in comedy films.
Otherwise he is no different than a cook in a fast food restaurant. But his boss, Riva (Dustin Hoffman), afraid of changes. Because the restaurant is doing great, everyone loves Carls Casper's (Jon Favreau) cooking, so what is there to be changed?
Carls thought all these hi-tech stuff won't affect him, as long as he keep to himself. Until a food critic came to the restaurant. And commented on his food. Carls is very proud of his food. Not because of blind arrogance and overconfident, but because of his passion for the food. He will never serve shitty food to his customers.
But the food critic/ blogger, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt), thinks otherwise. And apparently, his thought weigh more than Chef Carls Casper in the eye of the public. Carls wanted to show Ramsey his best works, but his boss won't let him, because he afraid that might affect negatively on his regular customers. They might not even like the new menu. And that's bad news.
Chef Carls finally had a meltdown, because all these criticism affecting his confidence and good name. His meltdown went viral throughout the globe as he confront Ramsey face to face and rebuke him in public, inside Riva's restaurant.
Devastated, he went to see his kid, Percy (Emjay Anthony), and ex-wife. Inez (Sofia Vergara), his ex-wife encouraged him to run a food truck. Even his lover, Molly (Scarlett Johansson), head waitress who worked with him, advised him to take a break. Do stuff that will make him happy. Really happy.
And thus, began Chef Carls Casper's journey to find back the things that made him happy. His ex-wife helped him to acquire a food truck, and together he traveled with his good friend, Martin (John Leguizamo), and his son, Percy. From Miami to Los Angeles.
The movie was great. It is light, entertaining, and heart-warming. It does however, have a slow build up. And the ending was, a little bit unrealistic. But I suppose that's how the story goes. It got a happy ending. For everyone. Including the critic.