Film Friday: The Menu

Searchlight Pictures (2022)

Theatrical release photo from Wikipedia

The Menu by Searchlight Pictures (2022)

This is one restaurant you do NOT want to dine in!

The Menu stars Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, Red Dragon), who is excellent. He plays a famous chef who cooks in an extremely exclusive restaurant on a remote island, accessible only by boat. Only society’s elite are invited to this dining experience

Anya Taylor JoyNicholas HoultJanet McTeerJohn Leguizamo, and Judith Light play a few of the guests (un)lucky enough to be invited to this devious dinner party. Naturally, there is more to this soiree than what first meets the eye. Without giving too much away, the guests discover why they were really invited and what is truly on the menu.

The characters were well-cast and the actors were believable in their roles. The movie’s plot took a different path than what I had anticipated before going in. So in that respect, the suspense was good, as it was difficult to know exactly what to expect. There were several cringe-worthy moments, but not a lot of make-you-jump scares. There was a bit of dark comedy sprinkled throughout, which I always enjoy. The premise is creepy and disturbing, and at times you may find yourself switching your allegiance among different characters throughout the film.

The movie had an appropriate ending, and I still am not sure if I “liked” the movie or not, but I would say that it is worth watching. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

Originally published on Medium

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Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

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