Chef is the brain child of Jon Favreau who wrote and produced the film, as well as starring as the main character, Carl Casper. It is a star studded affair and stars Iron Man’s Robert Downey Junior and Scarlatt Johansonn as well as John Leguizamo, Bobby Carnavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Pratt and Sophia Vegara. The movie follows the story of Carl Casper, a chef who quits his high profile job at one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious restaurants where he catered to wealthy clientele. He makes the dramatic exit from his job after his boss, who is played by Dustin Hoffman, pushes him to the breaking point.
In one of Chef’s funniest scenes, Casper is unknowingly filmed berating a food critic after struggling to deal with his boss’ insane demands. Unsure of what to do next, Casper ends up in Miami where he decides to launch a catering business. The food truck business in born with the help of his beautiful ex wife Inez, who is played by Sophia Vegara. Casper and Inez also find willing business partners in their son Percy and Casper’s best friend Martin. The latter of whom is played by comedic talent John Leguizamo.
Whilst Chef will have you in fits of laughter, as a result of Favreau’s clever, well crafted script and the talents of the ensemble style cast, it isn’t your typical comedy. Instead Chef has plenty of heart and shows viewers the importance of family and the importance of never giving up on yourself or your dreams. Whilst Casper initially struggles with losing his dream job, he soon realizes that it’s never to late to reinvent yourself and to follow your passions. A lesson that is valuable, whether you’re a garbage collector, a catering chef, a CEO, or a teenager still deciding what colleges to apply for.
Chef is a great film to sit down and enjoy with your family or a group of friends. The importance of family is definitely one of the movie’s key themes. As an example, throughout the film Casper uses his love of food, to bond with his son Percy. Who he has a rocky relationship with at the start of the film. Chef is a thoroughly modern film, which most viewers will be able to relate to. Casper’s supportive family is a not the typical nuclear family, which you’ll find in most movies from previous decades. Instead Casper includes his ex wife Inez, who he has a friendly relationship and her partner Marvin, who is played by Robert Downey Junior as part of his family, as well as his best friend Martin.
Chef proves that a modern day family doesn’t always comprise of blood relatives, but can still work. Best of all, whilst Chef is a relatively star studded flick, each character is fully fleshed out and you won’t have any trouble empathizing with any of the likable characters. Be warned every time Favreau and Vegara grace your screen, you’ll find it hard not to smile as both actors give natural, warm performances and are believable as ex-partners and friends. So if you’re looking to watch a comedy that will leave you feeling hopeful about life, love and family, it’s definitely worth watching checking out this film. Not only will you laugh till it hurts but you’ll also be inspired to follow your dreams. 4 stars.