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From left Jon Favreau as carl Casper, Scarlett Johansson as Molly, and Dustin Hoffman as Riva.
Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean its films aren’t still cashing in on those who didn’t catch them on the first go-around. Jon Favreau’s Chef has just landed on Blu-Ray and DVD. While I had originally intended to write this review during its theatrical release, notes were not taken and over time as summer’s heat waves bore down upon us to no end, Chef was lost amongst the barrage of comic book films that were released. Favreau who struck gold with Marvel’s Iron Man returns with a heartfelt film about a passionate cook that doesn’t exactly realize that he’s having a midlife crisis, until he’s dead smack in the middle of one.
Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is a chef at a popular fine dinning restaurant in Venice Beach California. Here he creates a menu of his choosing as well as aids in the usual kitchen camaraderie, which is swearing up a storm and usually bragging about that awesome dish you just created. Carl just happens to be up for review on a Friday afternoon and despite his desire to put something new out for food blogger Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) his boss Riva (Dustin Hoffman) tells to him to “Stick To the favorites”. Which creates a domino like effect as Carl inadvertently creates a twitter war with Michel followed by a viral video of him cursing out and explaining why molten lava cake is molten, utter hilarity. Life was decent at Riva’s as Carl not only ran the kitchen, but also saw Molly the hostess (Scarlett Johansson) on occasion. Without a job and a son to watch by the name of Percy (Emjay Anthony), Inez (Sofia Vergara) the ex-wife, but still life long friend invites Carl to Miami to clear his head and also remind him this is where he got his start. This leads to creating a food truck where Martin (John Leguizamo) and Percy create a whole new world for their favorite Chef in need of a brake, serving none other than Cubanos or Cuban sandwiches.
Bobby Cannavale and Amy Sedaris also play small significant roles that factor into Carl’s decision making as we see him go from high to low in his industry of choice. Cannavle plays a late-night partier by the name of Tony who got stuck in a rock and a hard place as Carl socially networked himself out a job. Sedaris on the other hand plays a publicist trying to cash in on Carl’s fumes while still representing Inez. Robert Downey JR also makes an appearance as a crazy investor who would rather confuse you mid-conversation instead of giving you a straight-faced answer.
Chef is easily the best thing you can purchase or rent this week as it released alongside the Michael Bay explosion fest that is TransFormers: Age of Extinction. It also happens to be my personal interdependent favorite of the twenty-fourteen summer.