Skip to main content

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Chef (2014)

What is it about? 

A very talented chef loses himself and his creative edge and starts a food truck and a cross country episode to reclaim his creativity, passion and happiness for the craft, as well as rebuild his broken family. 

Who is in it? 

John Favreu - Carl Casper

Emjay Anthony - Percy

John Leguizamo - Martin

Sofia Vergara - Inez


Favorite Scene: 

After his son, Percy, tries to serve a customer a burnt sandwich, Carl pulls him aside and explains to him his passion for cooking, using his talent to better the lives of everyone, and serving others with pride. 

Favorite Quote: 

"I may not do everything great in my life, but I'm good at this. I manage to touch people's lives with what I do and I want to share this with you."

Review: 

Chef is a an interesting feel good movie. It's rare for me to be really into a film based around food and cooking, but the way this film was shot and presented really brought the art of food prep to life. Of course, the plot as described above in it's description is your typical movie about the protagonist turning recent poor luck into an opportunity to make things better. The film does lend to some humor, most of it based on modern technology, which provides a good chuckle here and there. 

Unlike Begin Again which it is often compared to, Chef doesn't provide much depth to it's characters, and sometimes you are left wondering simple questions like, where do they get permits from for every city? Where are they getting such awesome ingredients in every city? How did Martin find them in Miami? Why did his family break up to begin with? Why does he just get a random truck from his ex-wife's ex-husband? To say the least, there are some gaping holes which really pulls away from Chef's overall quality. 

Overall, Chef is a not a bad film as the relationship between Carl and his son carry the film enough to make it passable. A solid film, but not great. Check it out if you have some time on your couch to kill. 

Review: 2.5/5

Recently Read Posts

4:44 - Jay-Z Pulls Me Back

I admit it. At one point, this Brooklyn-born-and-raised guy who narrated his growth to the tunes of one Jay-Z, believed that those days were gone. Over the last two or three albums, I sort of gave up on Jay-z being that voice that I can identify with. That voice that always speaks and holds truth to what I can relate to. Upon growing into a possible billionaire, and rapping about having money and whatever it was, I was one of those fans who decided, you know, will just listen to the hits. 
Partly, I was disappointed. He went from reaching in and representing the inner city heart of anyone who understood the words and sounds beyond just the catchy hooks and killer beats of what mainstream (and white) America heard.

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 7/23/17

3 Up
1. Boy w/Double Hand Transplant - This is an amazing story! Not only is the young man the first to receive a double hand transplant, but he has functioning mobility in both hands. Better yet - he can now swing a bat! How cool is that?! And even better, what does this mean for others in the future? So cool. 
2. Aaron Judge's Blast - Judge has been giving Yankee fans - and baseball fans - thrills all year long with the blasts he's been sending into orbit. His latest home run in Seattle, which broke STATCAST, was epic, and will surely be one that will have mythical proportions in the future. 
3. What is America To Me - I love the opinion section of the New York Times - naturally as a blogger, why wouldn't I, right? Regardless, give this one a read regarding immigration, and the real life results of an issue we think of in just politics. 
3 Down
1. John McCain - It's tough hearing that the senator has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Here is to hoping he battles, and …

Dope Sports Threads - 2017 MLB All-Star Break

You knew I had to post on everything aesthetic during the MLB All-Star Break festivities. I just had to! Yes, I am a nerd for this stuff - always have been, always will be. And unlike some baseball fans, the All-Star Break is still must-see for me. I enjoy the Home Run Derby. I enjoy the All-Star Game. I appreciate seeing the guys enjoy the game that I love as well.

I'll leave my continued feelings (and rants) for fans who continue to push back against the progression of the game of baseball. For now, I'll just leave it be. I'm sure the rest of this post may drive them nuts too. Oh well. Here are some things that caught my eye this week:

Turning Thirty-Two

Today, I turn thirty-two. There is just something odd about this age - like twenty-three was, or twenty-eight was, you know, the mile markers in between the rest stops - that just doesn't carry the super significance as 21 and 30 did. Although, at this stage of life, there are many mile markers, and those celebratory rest stops are much, much fewer in between. 
Though, it wasn't too long ago I passed a big one - thirty! And if you remember, I loved becoming AND being thirty. To be honest, I enjoyed being thirty-one, and really, thirty-two already seems kick-ass. Call me crazy, my thirties have been VERY enjoyable. 
But as I turn thirty-two, there isn't much significance in the number, but truly, it's about the changes in myself. Thirty was just two years away, and I am already better than that version of myself. This year marked ten years since I've graduated from college (Things I Would tell My college Self), and I am a much better version of myself compared to t…