Bill C’s Review – 3.5 out of 5
I originally reviewed this back in March when I saw this at SXSW. It opens this weekend (at least in Austin).
Chef is a small indie effort written, directed and starring Jon Favreau. It’s not up there with Swingers but is a light hearted comedy about a high profile, stressed out chef who loses his job and goes back to discover the basics that made him happy by opening a food truck and reconnecting with his son and family.
The movie picks up and is more entertaining and touching in the 2nd half when he, his son and friend go on a road trip in the food truck. This had a great cast (Favreau, Jon Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Robert Downey Jr. and more). The kid who plays Favreau’s son did a great job and helps give the movie it’s heart.
About 10 minutes of the movie was shot in several spots in Austin (Franklin’s, SoCo and others). If you’re looking for something other than Godzilla or X-Men give this one a try.