The Hundred-Foot Journey stars the always excellent Helen Mirren and Indian star Om Puri. They team with newcomers Manish Dayal and Carlotte Le Bon.
The plot pits Mirren's snooty high star-rate seeking French restauranteur Madame Mallory against Indian immigrants who sell their most excellent cuisine a mere 100 feet away.
Earlier this year, I noted that I'm a sucker for food movies. Maybe it's because I can't cook or even operate most utensils. Pathetic, yes, but it drives my love of movies about cooking and food, and the food in this one looks scrumptious.
That's part of its problem.
It ends up being fast food. Director Lasse Halstrom's comic clash of cultures is saccharine sweet and is major league feel good. However, it is not particularly deep. I rarely wish movies were longer. This is one of them. It needs a deeper dig to get where this wonderful food movie deserves to go.
This isn't saying that The Hundred-Foot Journey isn't a good movie. It's entertaining, and you'll enjoy the experience. What's disappointing is that somewhere in The Hundred-Foot Journey is a much better movie.
It just didn't get cooked.
Director: Lasse Halstrom
Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Rated PG for mature themes. It’s playing at the Carmike 10, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
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.