When a Miami-born chef Carl Casper tries and fails to open a restaurant in Los Angeles, he returns to Miami to fix up a food truck he names El Jefe Cubanos and reacquaints with his ex-wife. He plans to drive across the country to reclaim his success in L.A.
I like Jon Favreau. And I like movies. It looks like this one will has a lot of potential. Interesting premise, and interesting that he uses the chef thing to tell a love story (I’m assuming). The chef / food truck thing is really at a critical mass right now, and interesting that there hasn’t been a major motion picture made using it as a story arc. My only question will be, if, it will be satirical in nature and they overplay the chef thing. I look at it like a sports movie and no matter how hard Hollywood tries to get them right, when you have actors, playing a role of someone athletic (and usually the actor cast, is not) they never look natural playing sports. I wonder if it will be similar with cooking.
As we have all seen over the last decade or so, there are really good chefs and there are really bad cooks trying to play chef and we can see it immediately. Some tv shows (I’m thinking Treme) kinnnnndof get the chef thing right, but you can still see that it is an actor playing chef, because some of the movements just aren’t natural. I’m excited to see them give it a whirl though.
And I can’t be mad at ANY movie that has ScarJo and Sofía Vergara in it, even if I have to deal with listening to John Leguizamo for an hour and a half.*
CHEF, written, directed and produced by Jon Favreau, starring an all-star cast of: Favreau in a lead role, Sofía Vergara as his ex-wife with John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey, Jr. is due in theaters May 9th.
* I don’t have anything against the guy, it just always seemed to me like he thought what he was doing as waaaaaaaaaay more important than what it was. I never felt like he was breaking any major ground with his work, but when you would hear him in interviews he always came off as thinking he was the standard bearer for all latin comics and that his form of comedy was more art, than anything else. Not mad at the guy for it, you are supposed to think that way of yourself and what you are doing, but I never found him hilariously funny. Just my opinion though.