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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Report Card----"Chef"

"Chef" is your classic "little" movie.
It is amiable, and harmless, and just lopes along for major stretches.
As the title indicates, it is about food.
As such, it is probably more effective if you watch it when you're hungry.
I watched it after dinner, which didn't help.
It is also about the yearning for independence.
It is written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, whose work I've always been partial to.
The problem between Favreau, as the chef, and the food critic, who reviews his restaurant, is similar to the problem between Favreau, the film-maker, and me, as the film critic.
His latest work is simply not up to his earlier work.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Not often.

Compelling, even?

For a couple of brief moments.

Is it a story worth telling?

I don't think so.

Is it good storytelling?

The ending, once we get there, is nice. But there is an awful lot of boring before we get there.

Is it well written?

Not great, not bad.

Is it controversial?

Not at all.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Favreau must have called in a lot of markers on this one.
Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, and Robert Downey Jr. have throwaway parts in this.
They weren't needed.
They must have been doing Favreau a favor. Hoffman was the only one who made an impression.

Well shot?

Nothing exceptional.

Is it too long? Too short?

The lulls in the action make it feel very long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and just barely.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

The very end is surprising and rewarding, and almost redeems the tedium that precedes it.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not at all.

Is it funny?

Occasionally. It could have been funnier.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

This one is pure HBO.

Is it impressive ?

Not hardly at all.

Overall grade: C.

Go back and watch "Swingers"


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."