Culinary films make our mouths water.
Think “Chef,” “Big Night” and “The Hundred Foot Journey.” They’re the worst thing to happen to diets since Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
“The Menu” has the opposite effect.
The dishes on display dazzle, but something isn’t right with both the master chef and those sampling his cuisine. That unease is the heart of this wickedly executed treat, a thriller that overstays its welcome but leaves us feeling full.
Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy star as Tyler and Margot, a couple invited to an exclusive dinner thrown by a world-renowned chef. Tyler’s a certified food snob, and she’s his cynical “plus one.” She remains open-minded, and a tad curious, about the food awaiting them.
These aren’t just meals delivered in a spectacular fashion. Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) or just “Chef” to his cult-like…