Chef: The Power of Creativity

Chef: The Power of Creativity

“Chef” is 2014 comedy film written and directed by Jon Favreau. Jon Favreau has extensive directing credits such as “Elf”, the first two Iron-Man films, and most recently the live action “Lion King” remake. He also stars in the popular Marvel movies as Tony Stark’s bodyguard.

“Chef”  stars Jon Favreau as Carl Casper who is a chef who gets fired from his restaurant job and decides to start a food truck business. It co-stars John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, and Sofia Vergara. This film is an excellent allegory while also showcasing an uplifting story.

Jon Favreau left Marvel after “Iron Man 2” when creative control was taken from him. Due to this the movie wasn’t as well-received as the first one and Jon caught the flak for it since he is the director. This movie is an allegory of that real-life event.

He plays a chef for a big restaurant and a big reviewer is coming. He makes a new menu to showcase yet his boss won’t allow him to prepare the new items. His boss wants him to do what people already like instead of innovating. He reluctantly yields to his boss and gets a terrible review. The boss is not in the review, however. All the blame for the review falls on the head chef. Casper subsequently quits and begins a food truck business.

This movie is funny and has a lot of heart. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Casper and his son grow. The ending is emotional in a happy way. Most movies don’t typically have an ending like this one that actually affects me. I also enjoyed the message. Casper went from being in a secure job in a big restaurant to doing something himself with fewer utilities. If you want to do something, work with what you have. This movie shows that hard work and talent can pay off. This is a movie everyone can enjoy.

( I viewed this on Netflix)