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

EXCLUSIVE: The hot project du jour: The Menu, a dark satirical comedy that Alexander Payne will direct. So far, Emma Stone and Ralph Fiennes have signed on to star, and itís anticipated that other swell names will enlist.

Scripted by Will Tracy & Beth Reiss, the pic focuses on an eccentric culinary event that is planned for an exclusive island and becomes the hot ticket to die for. Iíve heard it referred to as a Tarantino-esque take on The One-Percent. Fiennes plays the world-class chef who sets it all up and adds some unexpected ingredients to the menu planned. The action follows one particular A-list couple that takes part. Iíve heard Stone will play half of that couple.

The picture is produced by Gary Sanchez, who have a first look at Paramount. I reported Saturday that Gary Sanchez principals Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are splitting, but that script is into Paramount now, and that studio has a week or so to furnish a proposal. After that, Gary Sanchez can shop the project wide. Like Payneís great films The Descendants and Nebraska, the budget here is smallish but there will be profit participation as part of the package. First step is to see if Paramount steps up, after which it will be a free for all, based on the buzz I am hearing.

Stone is WME and Anonymous Content, Fiennes and Payne are CAA.
https://deadline.com/2019/04/the-men...ct-1202592013/
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Sounds interesting.

Iím not a huge fan of Payneís work but I did enjoy Election and The Descendants. Iíll probably give this a shot if the reviews are good.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
Sounds interesting.

I’m not a huge fan of Payne’s work but I did enjoy Election and The Descendants. I’ll probably give this a shot if the reviews are good.
What did you think of Sideways? I loved both those films and can't imagine anyone who enjoyed them not enjoying Sideways as well.
I think Payne is a genius filmmaker.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Hit or miss for me, but I'll eventually check it out

Liked: Citizen Ruth and Election.
Disliked: About Schmidt, The Descendants & Nebraska
Haven't seen: Sideways & Downsizing
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

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Haven't seen: Sideways & Downsizing
Yeah, don't see Downsizing.
It's the film that got him kicked out of the "Directors Who Haven't Made a Bad Movie" club.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

I second that. Don’t see it.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

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What did you think of Sideways? I loved both those films and can't imagine anyone who enjoyed them not enjoying Sideways as well.
I think Payne is a genius filmmaker.
I donít hate Sideways but after all the hype, top critics lists, awards, etc. it felt really overrated by the time I finally saw it. Critics were basically fellating themselves while watching it. The story felt bland to me but Iím a fan of Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church so they saved it for me.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

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I second that. Donít see it.
Third, and I am a huge Payne fan--I love everything else he has done to varying degrees. I hated Downsizing with a passion.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

This is moving forward, but Payne and Stone are out.

Emmy and Tony Award winner John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge, Critical Thinking) is in final talks to join Searchlight’s The Menu from producers Adam McKay and Betsy Koch.

The film, directed by Mark Mylod, is a darkly comedic psychological thriller set in the world of eccentric culinary culture, centering on a young couple who visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote island where an acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu.

Previously announced cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy, who will portray one-half of the young couple; Ralph Fiennes, who stars as the chef; as well as Nicholas Hoult and Hong Chau in unconfirmed roles.
https://deadline.com/2021/08/john-le...nu-1234817676/
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Interesting. Mylod is best known for doing most of the Succession episodes as well as some of the best Game of Thrones (Battle of the Bastards, The Winds of Winter).
This will be his first feature film.
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This will be his first feature film.
No it isn't. He directed Ali G In Da House... and how you could you forget the classic What's Your Number? His best was the Coen-esque The Big White.
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I guess the trailer for this isn't online yet... I saw it play in theatres before Men. It looks wild.
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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.

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Fiennes, John Leguizamo, Judith Light, Hong Chau
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

ďHoity-toity rich people getting a grisly comeuppanceĒ is slowly becoming its own genre of films.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Looks interesting.

I'll probably check it out on release.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

Releases November 18th. Too far away.
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ďHoity-toity rich people getting a grisly comeuppanceĒ is slowly becoming its own genre of films.
Produced by Adam McKay who is making the foibles and comeuppance of the rich his specific forte.
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re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

The moment I read a quick synopsis of what the film is about on this thread I said to myself, "It's people!." Lol. From the trailer it looks like the rich are enjoying what they unwittingly do not realize is their last meal before they are hunted down. I guess this is a case of a member of the 1% class being the hunted instead of the poor schlubs who usually get picked in The Most Dangerous game type films.

I also take it that when he says to the girlfriend/wife(?) of the Nicholas Hoult character that she does not belong there that he is warning her that something ominous is about to happen to most guests on the Island and he sees no reason why she should be one of the poor unfortunate souls who get their comeuppance in this film.

If this movie is not filled with gore I might give it a shot when it comes to home video/cable/streaming.
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Spoiler:





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

Judith Light? Wow, I have not seen her on a screen in a looooong time.

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This is out this weekend.

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

This was really good. I recommend catching it in a cinema if you can. It has a few twists and turns, but nothing too surprising, though it was definitely not quite about what I thought it was about from the trailers.
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I had the same theories as some others here, but was wrong.

Hong Chau steals every moment she's on screen.
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Re: The Menu (2022, D: Mylod) S: Taylor-Joy, Fiennes, Hoult, McTeer, Leguizamo, Chau, Light

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).





Overall, an entertaining mixture of horror, suspense and satire that kind of deftly balances all three in a fairly impressive manner.
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Taylor-Joy was great in this and I was definitely digging her look too.

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Oh yeah, and the food looked yummy, especially the burger. I want one of those. NOW!


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I enjoyed this, I laughed out aloud quite a bit, a rarity for me as I find most horror jokes to be weak. Great cast. Although for a movie, none of the customers came across as awful people. The movie actually has you rooting for them.

I was a little disappointed when there was no payoff to
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the explanation of what would happen by eating the meat that wasn't smoked long enough, especially since they actually had her go back to the smokehouse for an incredibly contrived reason
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