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The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Old 11-20-22, 03:49 PM
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen View Post
Although for a movie, none of the customers came across as awful people. The movie actually has you rooting for them..
Quite honestly, I wasn't rooting for
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees View Post
I also quite enjoyed this. It's a bit of slow burn for the first half, but the witty satire of the vacuous upper class diners, the anticipation of something sinister about to be revealed, and the spot-on performances by Fiennes, Taylor-Joy, Chau and Hoult made this a consistently compelling watch. Oh yeah, and the food looked yummy, especially the burger. I want one of those. NOW!

My one major gripe with the storyline was:

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Once the diners knew they were going to die, they didn't put up much of a fight and were a little too accepting of their fates. Considering they had nothing to lose, it seemed like they could have banded together and put up a decent struggle against the restaurant staff. Also, letting the men run away so that they could be hunted down, rounded up and then brought back, felt like a pointless plot twist that didn't really go anywhere. And the law enforcement guy showing up and nobody speaking out for help (until Legu wrote him the "Help Us" note) seemed a bit ridiculous. Taylor-Joy's character for sure would have said something.

The ending gave me Midsommar vibes and also recalled Knives Out (the lowly service worker ended up outwitting all the rich snobs).







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Not only did you and I wonder the same thing, so did Slowik/Fiennes . Caught this today and the more I reflect and read, the more I realize it was a really good movie. It leaves the viewer thinking when they leave, and that's a good thing.

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I am guessing what doomed Felicity (the woman with Leguizamo) was when she admitted she went to Brown courtesy of her rich relatives or not on her own? She seemed more like an innocent bystander than any of the rest of them.



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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Just came back from seeing it. Amazing experience in the theater. Loved the concept, cast and cleverness.

HUGE jump surprise in the gunshot scene. Yikes!!
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

I saw this Friday night and thought it was great. Very entertaining and I enjoyed the interactions with all the dinner guests and Fiennes.

I did not expect the grand finale with the:

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Mass murder suicide with the smores covered guests.



I thought it was clever, dark and sarcastic and a good take on combining the horror genre with the foodie scene. I recommend this for anyone looking for something different. But, I know a movie like this is a hard sell these days and isn't on most of your radars.
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Old 11-21-22, 08:26 PM
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

I am curious as to how
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Slowik got the entire kitchen staff to agree to the suicide, but having seen how some chefs are deified by their followers, may not be too hard to believe.
Old 11-21-22, 08:48 PM
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

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I am curious as to how
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Slowik got the entire kitchen staff to agree to the suicide, but having seen how some chefs are deified by their followers, may not be too hard to believe.
As I recall, that wasn't even his idea, it was the one lady chef who came up with it.
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Old 11-21-22, 11:35 PM
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

^ true.
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Slowik just loved the idea so much. This was actually one aspect that took me some time to process once it was revealed because going into the movie, I was sure that killing the rich guests was something they did every night (or at least once in awhile), but of course, in retrospect, that's absurd since that kind of news would have caught on. Instead, what's happening was that this was obviously the final night, and there were no murder/suicides in previous nights of the restaurant's history.

Now... I'd like a bite of that cheeseburger please.


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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

I saw this last night with my daughter and loved it. Anya-Taylor Joy and Ralph Fiennes were fantastic, and I thought the screen writers did a great job blending horror, comedy, and social commentary on class. The food cracked me up. I haven't had too much of that kind of food, but a little. My daughter and I went out to drinks and dessert once, and the apple crisp we ordered to share came as two tiny square inch cubes with ombre layers of apple gel, with the bottom being darkest and the top lightest. The "crisp" was some fried noodles on the side. Worst. Apple.Crisp. Ever!!

Edit: Haha--remembered some of it wrong, but my daughter is here for Thanksgiving and had a picture. This is two servings and the squares are about an inch. Spoilerized for size:
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Old 11-24-22, 04:04 PM
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Thought it was ok, but requires a LOT of suspension of disbelief. Certainly wasn't over the moon about it like most seem to be.
It was obviously inspired by Midsommar and had a very similar vibe.
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

This will be on HBO Max starting January 3rd.
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Cool.
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

this movie was bonkers. I really appreciated the tone of the movie, it has menace but never tries to be heavy or overly milk any scenes for suspense. Even the knife fight came out of nowhere.

Props to all involved for having something that's actually unique. But yes, a large suspension of belief is necessary.

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it basically had fucking Ratatouille's ending until the s'mores showed up




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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

It's on HBO Max now
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

What an utterly captivating, intriguing, marvel of a film.

I had no idea of the plot or anything, just that there were horror elements.

From the beginning it seemed like a Knives Out tale.

This was just marvelous. Everything about it absolutely clicked.

I won’t spoil anything here, but this is a must see! So much better to go in cold, I think.

Fiennes and Taylor-Joy played so well off each other. It was something to behold.

I think this takes my top spot of the year. Just ahead of Top Gun: Maverick.

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I hope this doesn’t get overlooked come Oscar time. This could be up for so much. Even, dare I say, Best Picture. Or is that too much of a reach? Not sure if this was adapted but screenplay has got to be nominated. And Fiennes, at least should. Would be nice if Taylor-Joy got nod too.
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

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I hope this doesnít get overlooked come Oscar time. This could be up for so much. Even, dare I say, Best Picture. Or is that too much of a reach? Not sure if this was adapted but screenplay has got to be nominated. And Fiennes, at least should. Would be nice if Taylor-Joy got nod too.
Fiennes and Taylor-Joy got Golden Globe noms for it, while that means little (and it was in Comedy), at least their names are out there for it.
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

This should be drama. Hope Oscar realizes that. I mean it’s dark dark humor at best. But, I never took it as a comedy. Clever, witty, satirical, yes. Comedy…no.
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

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I hope this doesnít get overlooked come Oscar time. This could be up for so much. Even, dare I say, Best Picture. Or is that too much of a reach? Not sure if this was adapted but screenplay has got to be nominated. And Fiennes, at least should. Would be nice if Taylor-Joy got nod too.
Good lord, what an overpraise.
I thought it was okay. Really nothing special. Zero surprises (unless you consider the lack of cannibalism as a surprise). Was less fun than I expected, while still being mean-spirited. I did like Ralph Finnes, he was great. But the whole was pretty uninspiring to me. Felt really derivative and was very low-hanging fruit for a satire.
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

ItĎs a satirical black comedy.
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Yep. It was very much a black comedy. At least that's how it played for me

One of the co-writers (Seth Reiss) works on Seth Meyers as a writing supervisor and got a random shout out/promo during the Day drinking with Lizzo bit which was nice of them to do. (She thought it was Paul Rudd with his mask on)

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Good lord, what an overpraise.
I thought it was okay. Really nothing special. Zero surprises (unless you consider the lack of cannibalism as a surprise). Was less fun than I expected, while still being mean-spirited. I did like Ralph Finnes, he was great. But the whole was pretty uninspiring to me. Felt really derivative and was very low-hanging fruit for a satire.
sure call me out, when many posted great praise as well.
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sure call me out, when many posted great praise as well.
Other people enjoyed it. That's great.
Nobody else is doing the Gene Shalit SNL bit : *Look Who's Talking... Oscar! ".
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Well, you got me, bc I don’t even know what the hell you’re talking about.
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Other people enjoyed it. That's great.
Nobody else is doing the Gene Shalit SNL bit : *Look Who's Talking... Oscar! ".
and so sorry my immense like for this movie perturbed you even the slightest. Never happen again. Promise. I’ll just keep my opinions to myself, bc after all that’s what we all do in this forum.🤷🏼‍♀️
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Just watched it tonight HBO MAX and it was fun. As someone above mentioned, you really have to suspend disbelief. These were some of the most passive characters on fucking Earth. Maybe they needed some poor people as customers, because we would've started some shit, not just sit there "calm as Hindu cows."

On a production level - the design work was great and some of those dishes looked cool, but I'm really glad I've never paid good money for these types of "experiences" in real life. Save that shit for the tourists.

Even though I did like the film enough, I would say out of the recent gastronomy themed films, Pig is still a much better film, IMO. In fact, The Menu and Pig would make for a great double-feature. Shit, throw in Sideways as a digestif.

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