I don't cook. Even boiling water is a challenge. Once in awhile I have to turn on the oven, and I always have to ask my wife how it's done. She writes me instructions. I lose them.
While cooking isn't my thing, movies about cooking are. I love them. And each time I see one, I swear I'm going to take up the art form. Then I remember I don't even know how to turn on the oven, and the urge goes away.
That brings us to Chef.
Jon Favreau has cooked up a great movie. Slicing and dicing delicious dialogue, Favreau -- who writes and directs -- tells the tale of an upscale restaurant chef who gets indigestion from an influential food critic. It leads to a war of words on Twitter and the chef, not the critic, having to eat his own words and find employment elsewhere.
In this case, elsewhere is a food cart. The step down is a heartwarming step up.
Favreau and main co-stars John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara and newcomer Emjay Anthony give you plenty to chew on and lots of smiles. Add in small parts and cameos from Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale and Oliver Platt and you have a delicious recipe for a movie that not enough people are going to see.
And that's too bad.
Chef is my second favorite movie this year. It's a tasty treat in theaters full of old, recycled superhero plots and subplots, awful comedies aimed at the nation's lowest common denominator and mundane films with half the heart of this one.
Director: John Favreau
Stars: John Favreau, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, Bobby Cannavale Oliver Platt, Emjay Anthony
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated R for language, mature themes and possibly offensive material. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.
-- Cook up a comment or two and send them to Mr. Movie at www.tricityherald.com/arts/mrmovie.