Food on Film: 3 Upcoming Flicks That Boast of Good FoodJune 27, 2019
- Jezelle OngWords
Culinary art has always been held in high regard by Hollywood, whether on TV or on the silver screen. For some reason, food translates well on celluloid—not just the final product, but also, the emotional stories that come from it. There’s more to food than just being delicious, and it is that flexibility that makes food resonate with audiences. Whether it tells a tale of an icon in the kitchen (Julie & Julia), a tale of how anyone can cook (Ratatouille), or a tale of just loving your craft (Jiro Dreams of Sushi), it will always find a way to make it relevant and relatable. You don’t have to know how to cook to enjoy films like these; you just need to know how it feels to have passion. This 2014, the big screen has more than a few films that boast good food.
Release: May 9, 2014 (US)
Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr.
If you ask most aspiring chefs what their dreams would be, it would mostly always be to become head chef in a highly-regarded restaurant. For Carl, played by Jon Favreau, being an executive chef at one of those types of restaurants turns out to be different from the dream he thought it would be. Putting his creativity and culinary integrity on hold for a menu the boss requested became his crux, and that frustration translated into his cooking. After a prestigious restaurant reviewer tastes his food, and gives the restaurant an unfavourable review, his reputation, and his credentials, go up in flames.
Reaching the end of his rope, he quits his job to reinvigorate his passion for food, and to the surprise of many of his friends in the culinary industry—starts a food truck. Turning that truck into a vibrant and bustling hot box of good food, he finds once again why he’s in this industry- it’s about cooking with heart, and cooking food that you are passionate about.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Release: August 8, 2014 (US)
Cast: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri
Remember the time when you were a kid, and you were forced to go to a fine dining restaurant, but you really just wanted to go to the casual, more fun-looking place next door? In this film, the fine dining restaurant is a French Michelin-star restaurant owned by Madame Mallory played by Helen Mirren, and the place next door is a newly-opened Indian restaurant run by an immigrant Indian family.
It’s a clash of two cuisines that could be no more different, characterized by the owners of the two establishments. Like French cuisine, Madame Mallory is sophisticated, refined, and composed. Haji on the other hand, is a dollop of intensity, and full of heart. The two restaurants go head to head, despite the underdog status of the Indian place against the Michelin-star establishment. As the age-old belief says however, opposites can also learn a lot from each other. It isn’t about which cuisine is better, but rather a respect of two different, but both delicious, cultures.
The Trip to Italy
Release: April 25, 2014 (UK)
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
This would be what our sophisticated dream vacation would be. It’s a trip to Italy with your old friend, going on adventures, meeting locals, and enjoying incredible meals whilst talking about everything, and nothing. A simple, straight-to-the-point vacation, but nonetheless highly entertaining.
Steve Coogan and Rob Byrdon are the aforementioned old pals, on a trip designed for the purpose of a gastronomical adventure. They take-on six mouthwatering meals with conversation ranging from completely relevant to totally random, just like how conversations with good friends tend to be. It strengthens the notion on what makes dining truly enjoyable—it’s not just about the food, but about the company.
The Trip to Italy is a follow-up to the 2010 film The Trip.