Imagine getting invited to the fanciest restaurant in the world, where chefs and foodies rave about their experiences. Each dish and each movement is carefully curated for the night, and things have been set into motion that the guests won’t know about until much later. Everything sounds perfect, until, it very much isn’t.
The Menu follows a young couple Margot and Tyler who are heading to an exclusive destination restaurant on a remote island. The menu was crafted for the night with no changes – but not everyone knows what they’re getting into. Despite being told no photos of dishes will be allowed, Tyler snaps images and refuses to let Margot enjoy her meal because he knows better. Poking at the fake prestige influencers often boast about having someone else with them at a tasting or just on social media.
The other guests at the restaurant all seem to be unconnected to each other, but the type of people at the restaurant vary greatly from celebrities, food critics, tech bros, and an older couple. What each guest doesn’t know, there is a link between all of them that is the reason for their invitation that night. And the Chef will make sure they get the experience of a lifetime.
The movie plays a lot on the haves and have-nots, the upper crust, and the people who serve them. It pokes fun at the people who feel superior to others for no other reason other than they exist or think they are better. It twists and turns intentions until it finally reveals the hard truths. The movie has some laughs, but it’s more the feeling of impending doom that will carry viewers through the story. It climbs and falls over and over again on the concept of good and evil while showing just how twisted things can be.
In the end, it will make viewers wonder, just how good the dishes are to make it worth dining there more than once, or that price tag. Is the prestige worth the cost in this movie? Or is that the ultimate crime?
The Menu is dark, twisted, and while at times a bit predictable – absolutely entertaining. It takes the type of person you love to hate and makes them hate them more. It doesn’t try to make people who they’re not, and it shines a light on how absurd parts of society, including the people in that part of society, can be.
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About THE MENU:
A couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.