I was expecting something completely different from the trailers for The Menu. I thought it would be an action thriller where Anya Taylor-Joy’s character was going to take down a cabal of cannibal chefs and save their newest batch of would-be victims. That’s not what this movie is, The Menu is a an enjoyable but fairly standard eat the rich horror satire.
Will Tracy came up with the story and wrote the screenplay with Seth Reiss. Mark Mylod directed The Menu. I’ve already mentioned what I went into the movie expecting, which is honestly a disservice to the movie itself. Because of what I was expecting I still had it in my mind that there would be a big twist or something along those lines. What I ended up seeing was much more surprising than what I was expecting. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much as I did if it weren’t for the cast.
Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light, and John Leguizamo star in The Menu. I really want to mention Hoult’s performance. I’ve never wanted to smoosh someone’s face as much as I wanted to Hoult in this role. He played this very specific character perfectly. Hong Chau’s presences is felt throughout the movie. She carries herself in such a way that you feel at the very least slightly terrified of her whenever she’s on screen. Her performance makes Fiennes’ performance even stronger. Taylor-Joy gets to play off of all of the fantastic performances.
The effects do an amazing job of selling the sudden violence throughout the movie. I also have to say that whoever made the food in the movie did an amazing job of recreating that very specific kind of culinary experience. The set and costume designers made the movie look just right. The music by Colin Stetson is good. It does a fantastic job of matching and setting the right tone for the scenes.
The Menu is a fun dark comedy horror satire. I feel like the movie was done a disservice by the trailer. I was made to think it was a completely different kind of movie rather than what it is. I’m honestly kind of glad that I wasn’t able to see this movie in the theater, it feels like the theater experience might have taken something away from the more personal feel of the movie. The Menu was just added to HBO Max. I give The Menu 7 cheeseburgers out of 10.