How to Watch The Menu?: While Food has always been an important part of our lives, very few movies actually really get to the idea of Food and/or its preparation as the kind of culinary art that it is. Food; its preparation and the art of serving it have recently taken up their well-deserved space in mainstream media. Thanks to movies like ‘Pig’ and the fascinating FX show ‘The Bear,’ food and all its subsequent follow-ups have deservedly taken an existential outlook in today’s world. ‘The Menu’, directed by Mark Mylod takes the idea of food preparation and the art of serving with a pinch of satirical salt.
While food has often been an important part of both our cultural history and our present livelihood, it is the idea of being served that really forms the crux of Mylod’s film. Much like the surprise Netflix hit, The Platform, food in The Menu serves up a delicious narrative of its own. Which only makes its delving turns feel no less than a horror movie that scares the hell out of you. From the first looks, The Menu feels like a clever horror movie about the privilege that certain people enjoy in this world, and the one’s on the cusp always feel like they are out of balance.
Following the premise of Chef Slowik, a culinary master who is absolutely eccentric about his choices of making a meal, as he is about serving it, The Menu is about a sort of retreat where he is to prepare and serve a lavish meal to a group of exclusive people in a restaurant that perches in an undisclosed location. This is until the tables literally turn away from him.
While most of everything that The Menu holds in its folds is still under wraps and a complete mystery to its audience, we do know that Anya Taylor-Joy’s Margot will play an important role in upsetting this perfectly curated arrangement. One can also assume that it would be this character that allows the audience to soak in the scrumptious oddness of the meal that is to be served to us.
Currently standing at a handsome 90% Rotten Tomatoes Score, the website claims that “While its social commentary relies on basic ingredients, The Menu serves up black comedy with plenty of flavors.” Also, the official synopsis released by Searchlight Picture says “A couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.”
The Menu Cast:
Veteran actor Ralph Fiennes headlines the cast playing Chef Slowik. While Fiennes has never strayed away from playing grey characters or evil characters for that matter, The Menu will possibly be his first straight-forward villainous turn since Harry Potter. Last seen in the 2022 film The Forgiven, Finnes is known for his roles around the world in movies like Schindler’s List, The Grand Budapest Hotel & The Constant Gardner.
Also co-leading the black comedy is the young star Anya Taylor-Joy. After debuting in Robert Eggers’ terrifying The VVitch, the British-American actor rose to fame through Netflix’s miniseries The Queen’s Gambit. This year alone, Joy has starred in big projects like the David O. Russel film Amsterdam & Eggers’ The Northman.
Nicholas Hoult will also be seen in The Menu as Margot’s partner Tyler. The English actor hasn’t really bagged a whole lot of lead roles in the past with Dome Karukoshi’s Tolkein being his last, he has been constantly doing great side-character works in movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and most recently in the Hulu Original series The Great.
Also co-starring in The Menu are Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Paul Adelstein, John Leguizamo, Aimee Carrero, Reed Birney & Judith Light.
Where to Watch and Stream ‘The Menu’ Online?
Currently, the only way to watch The Menu is in a movie theatre. After having its World Premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10th, 2022, Searchlight Pictures will be releasing the Black Comedy in US theatres on November 18th, 2022. In order to book your tickets or to check out which theatres are playing it near you, head over to Fandango.
As far as streaming is concerned, there’s no update about the same from the Distributors. However, since Searchlight Pictures is handling the title, one can assume that the movie will eventually land on Hulu after a proper theatrical run. Before that, the film will probably get a VOD release within 45-90 days of its release and should be available on major On-Demand platforms like Vudu, Apple TV, etc.
The Menu Streaming Update:
The Menu is now available to stream on HBO Max. You can buy it on Amazon, DirecTV, Redbox, and Microsoft.