"CHEF" from Open Road Films opens Fri., May 9, 2014.
STARRING: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Bobby Canavale and Amy Sedaris.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man", "Elf")
SYNOPSIS: When Chef Carl Casper (Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent L.A. restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Hoffman), he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Vergara), his friend (Leguizamo) and his son (Emjay Anthony) to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl returns to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen and his zest for life.
It's one week before the release of "Godzilla" and what are we forced to endure? One of the warmest, funniest films in a long time with a great cast, a solid story and good humor. That's what. This is one of those films that makes you smile and say, "I didn't know they made 'em like that anymore". You can thank Jon Favreau for making one like that.
Favreau has long since demonstrated what one has believed all along--that character development is of utmost importance to making a good (great) film. If you take the time to let the audience know your characters, the audience is far more likely to care about them and what they're watching. Favreau cast some very likable people who are all able to get into their characters and bring them to life in ways that elicit an emotional response. That's why this film's effect might be felt again next March. It is that good but will Oscar remember? Fingers crossed.