A continuation from where we last left off….
How can you not love a movie with Johnny Depp in it. However, it is Juliet Binoche who steals the show in this one. The movie starts with Juliet and her daughter moving to a small French village at the beginning of lent to open a chocolate shop. What follows thereafter are stories of love, humor portrayed in a dramatic fashion. She uses chocolate to determine the character of a person and vice versa and how chocolate not only changes people but also their lives. Even the Comte of the village succumbs to the temptations of chocoate after numerous attempts to banish it in the village. The entry of Johnny Depp fills the plot with a romantic, sensual air to contrast with the dramatic elements.
This movie can fit under an umbrella of a comedy road trip movie revolving around food. Despite the presence of bigwigs like Dustan Hoffman, Scarlett Joahnson and Robert Downey Jr, the pair of Jon Favreau and Emjay Anthony totally overshadow in the entire movie. The movie will make you laugh and cry and it only proves one thing again that food has such a huge impact on us and strangely enough it has its share of contribution in making you what you are. The “Chef” inept at social networking creates a tug of war like situation which is actually quite hilarious. I found the tweet birds chirping in the air to be quite cute. Russell Peters, a surprise entry in the movie will without a doubt add to those chortles. 😀
“Shona, my mouth is watering”, said Jeev to me while we were watching the movie. I was having the same feelings and was lost in it. The movie has all the elements for a good entertainer, a good cast, foot tapping Cuban music, a bit of romance, a lot of laughs, some heart-touching moments between Jon and his son.
The transition from serving sophisticated food at a restaurant to dishing out gorgeous Cuban Sandwiches from a food truck and in the process finding happiness only goes to show that food without passion is lifeless.
When I met one of my friend, who happens to be French, for the first time we inadvertently started talking about food! The first thing he asked me if I had seen Ratatouile. “Yes, of course”, I said!
Well, no words can do justice to this hilarious animated movie where a rat achieves his dream of becoming a chef. “It’s lightningly”! This is how Remy, the rat describes his first roasting experiment. The food created and presented in the movie looks too good to be in an animated form. 😉 Seeing the Little Chef cook by smell reminds me of my grandmother who would always add spices and salt just by her smell and the food always turned out to be delicious.
The passion for cooking and food is so inspiring and might I add a bit contagious as well. Remy is so adorable and the most important fact the movie preaches is that anyone can cook. To quote, “Not everyone can be an artist but an artist can come from anywhere”.
I can watch this movie any number of times too 🙂
2. Le Chef
This is the story of a 3 star chef Lagorde and an aspiring Chef Jacky who cannot cook anything other than haute cuisine. Not only does it successfully portrays Jacky’s maddening love for traditional French cuisine but also his eagerness to create a harmoniums marriage with molecular gastronomy. It is a great watch. The movie also highlights one of the main concerns for people in this industry, lack of family time. The love,drama and the culinary journey will keep you entertained and leave you amused.
1. Julie and Julia
This is a movie I saw some years ago and I absolutely loved it. Firstly, it starred one of my most admired actors Meryl Streep. Secondly, the movie has triumphed in showing the love for food from two very different yet similar angles. Julia found herself through food and Julie found her passion for food complemented her love for writing. With their ups and downs, this one definitely strikes a chord in your heart with its funny, warm , charming screenplay.
One of my favorite scenes is the one where Julia Child cuts heaps of onions to prove herself to the other professional chefs in her class. She proves that determination, strength of character and a strong family support can take you a long way. Above all, this movie will resonate with all bloggers out there who love food to bits and find solace in cooking and sharing.
Most of all, this song is quite peppy and fun!
My brother told me about this Indian-French food movie coming up this week and I am so looking forward to this one!
Do you have any recommendations for me? I’d love to hear about them!