“The Menu” – Movie Review by Rafy Mediavilla (@Rmediavilla) #TIFF22

“The Menu” – Movie Review by Rafy Mediavilla (@Rmediavilla)

A couple travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises. With that synopsis out of the way let me start by telling you that the synopsis and the trailers truly don’t give this movie justice. The promos and the trailer don’t truly prepare you for what you’re about to see. The Menu is both an experience sorry wise not only for the person that wrote it but also for the expectations When they sit down to watch it.

The Menu was the second movie that I was truly excited to sit down and watch during my coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival 2022. Jokingly one of the main reasons I wanted to watch this movie was because of the presence of one Anja Taylor joy. yet when I came out of the theater, I was completely blown away not just by her performance played by the performers of this superb cast, this unique take on a horror comedy, and the social commentary behind it

I’m going to do my best not to give too much away because the reason this story works is because of the mystery behind it. The characters, also play a huge role in how the story pans out. Every single character within the story later a huge role in how the menu pans out. Believe me, when I tell you what I’m beginning to end you will be in awe of what’s happening in the story and with the characters. It is important that you pay close attention to everything that’s happening and how is the story developing in order to fully merge yourself in this experience that is The Menu. 

In my opinion, this is one of the best tightly written scripts to be released this year. The concept of tying awkwardly comedic moments with the horror bloody elements of the story is something that absolutely stands out and works extremely in favor of the storytelling of the movie. The social commentary is also superb, and again while I don’t want to dive into too many details each character represents a status in society, and like I mentioned before all of them have something in common. 

The cast was superb. Nicholas Hoult as the foodie influencer nailed it. John Leguizamo as the struggling movie star felt so perfect for him. The boys that played the financial groupie group, the old couple, and the food critic, all their performances added layers to the story. Yet every time Ralph Fiennes and Anja Taylor Joy appeared in scenes, they just stole the show with their performances.

The Menu works as intended. A story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, second-guessing everything that is going on, and when you finally think you know where this is going, it keeps throwing your curves at you. I have zero complaints about the movie, the script is perfect, and the performances are superb. It’s a movie that even though when the mystery is gone and you know how everything ends, the re-watchability factor is still there, just because it keeps you in awe of how everything unfolded.