By Emanuel Ortiz
The extraordinary dialogue and cast really propels the movie Chef to a must watch. It’s a feel- good comedy movie that surprised me in more ways than one.
This story follows a chef played by Jon Favreau who works at a restaurant until he gets into a fight over creative differences. He wishes to cook his own food instead of being restrained to the same old formula which has been proved to not work. He acquires a food truck and begins to cook what he wants while building back his relationship with his ten-year-old son. The premise sounds plain and simple but works incredibly well because of the cast and their engaging dialogue.
The dialogue feels real and the little jokes in them don’t feel forced. The dialogue feels natural and the story flows well because of it. I wouldn’t go into this movie thinking it’s a straight up comedy, however. There is comedy and laughs to be had for sure, but this isn’t a slapstick comedy of the sorts. The jokes are smart and well placed in the dialogue.
The cast does a great job in this movie. Each of them seem grounded in reality and you really appreciate just about everyone’s character. They each have a reason for the things they do, which makes them more appealing. Jon Favreau is the stand out. Not only does he act in this movie, but he also wrote and directed it.
The film has great pacing, continuously moving through each interesting plot point until the third act of this movie. I was fully engaged with the film until the third act, when there really wasn’t much but repetition going on. It loses the plot in the third act and the characters didn’t really have anything to do besides repeat a scene of them selling food at different locations. This was the one disappointing remark I had about the film. It also wraps up nicely at the end, so this didn’t bother me at all. For whatever reason, since I was cheering for these characters, I didn’t mind that it was nice and convenient at the end.
All in all, Chef is a small feel-good movie that fully engages its audience in the smart witted dialogue and likable characters. Although the movie loses its pace in the third act, there was never really a dull moment to be had and at four minutes short of two hours, time really does fly by.