Here comes a big helping of refreshing, along with a side of pure, and a pinch of great, all served up by a Chef that knows what he's doing. This is a comedy, and a drama. But what it is above all is great!
Chef is a new John Favreau movie that also boasts a real nice supporting cast, that is the years best movie so far. Never mind that this also stars Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Sophia Vegara, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, and Oliver Platt. Honestly, none of them makes any real difference. The star of this movie is...the movie.
Chef is a little movie in very limited release that is the story of a Chef named Carl Casper (Favreau) and his very dysfunctional life in Los Angeles. He is very talented, with an enormous ego and works at a high end restaurant in LA owned by Riva (Hoffman). After a horrible review of his menu on a HUGE food website, he falls off the deep end and confronts the critic (Platt) in public and the whole entire ugly (but funny) meltdown is captured on video and goes viral on the Internet. All the while unintentionally starting a Twitter war with him in public, and Carl finds himself out of a job. Carl has been a bit absent in the world the past few years and needs to catch up.
His life is a disaster, as he is divorced from his wife, (Vegara) and is an absentee father to his 10--year old son, Percy. But now, he has to go back to the beginning and somehow find his new life. And he does, going back to find his passion for cooking and making people happy, by buying a food truck of all things from his ex-wife's, ex husband (Downey Jr.) on a trip to Miami. So with the help of one of his ex-chef partners (Leguizamo), and Percy, they trek back across country in the truck, stopping along the way to serve Cuban sandwiches, and Carl reconnects all the dots that he had let become disconnected all these years. All the while not knowing he is doing it.