Watched Jan 27, 2023
This started so well! A great introduction to all the characters, an interesting premise, and loads and loads of tension-building. Not to mention the AMAZING food cinematography which perfectly captures the Chef’s Table aesthetic, along with the pitch perfect soundtrack. The ENTIRE cast is excellent too, and I was hyped for the second half of the movie.
Because I watched the first half, then paused to watch some tennis.
In the few hours before resuming the movie, my mind was running over all the possibilities! This is a HORROR THRILLER set in a restaurant and the KITCHEN IS RIGHT THERE!!! It’s filled with KNIVES and TONGS and MACHINES and STOVES and all kind of inventive props to kill the obnoxious rich guests one by one.
Right? All the guests will be killed one by one? In ever more clever and gruesome ways? RIGHT?!?!?
So, I started watching the movie again, and was very disappointed. The script just didn’t hold up. I wasn’t sure what the message of the movie might be, because it felt like it was trying to say five things at once and failing at them all. And then Nicolas Hoult’s character turned out to… well, none of his story made sense in the end. Neither did any of it.
For every moment that made me happy, I had FOUR moments where I was left unimpressed or unsatisfied. Sure, we had the “Ratatouille Moment”, although in this case the chef was reverse-Ratatouilled, and that was great. But then, what about all the service staff? What is their motivation? Have they been Fight-Club-Brainwashed into this lifestyle? Where’s THAT movie? What was the angel hanging from? Skyhooks?Etc, etc, etc.
A non-sensical script would have been okay, I guess, if the movie had actually followed through on what I had imagined would be coming when I paused the movie for a few hours. All the anticipation was totally squandered be the weakest-assed ending to a horror movie I’ve ever seen.
Like, I don’t want to give it away, but the ending wasn’t only weak but left SO MANY MORE questions unanswered. And there was ZERO catharsis. It’s like ordering the best cheeseburger you’ll ever taste, and then as you’re about to take a bite of it, it’s slapped out of your hands. You’re left with only the memory of the anticipation of what COULD HAVE BEEN.
The more time passes after I watched this movie, the more disappointment I feel. Because, oh boy, the first half set up so much promise, and the second half flails and falls and fails. With excellent cinematography and acting, but fails nonetheless.
Tagged as: disappointment.