First Glance: “The Menu”

Ralph Fiennes serves up an all-star cast in the upcoming horror film “The Menu”. Set to appear at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, “The Menu” originally had Alexander Payne onboard to direct and Emma Stone set to star. But scheduling conflicts saw Payne replaced by award-winning television director and producer Mark Mylod and Stone replaced by Anya Taylor-Joy. Searchlight recently dropped a new trailer that gives us a lot to digest (see what I did there?).

A young couple (played by Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travel to a remote coastal island to dine at a lavish and extremely exclusive restaurant ran by Chef Slowik (Fiennes). The experience is set up like a extravagantly choreographed mix of gastronomy and mystery theater. But the select group of guests soon discover there is more going on with the mysterious chef than meets the eye (or stomach). The film also stars Janet McTeer, Judith Light, John Leguizamo, Hong Chau, and Reed Birney among others. It’s hard to say whether the trailer reveals too much, but there’s certainly an unexpected twist. Hopefully it all comes together in a good way.

“The Menu” lands in theaters November 18th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

10 thoughts on “First Glance: “The Menu”

  1. My initial reaction is it looks like a mash-up between The Hunt and Fresh. Not sure what exactly they are eating, but they definitely are fleeing for their lives. Opening when it is, this one has watch it from home when available written all over it for me.

  2. This looks interesting as I wonder if they’re eating people or something. I wouldn’t turn down Ralph Fiennes as a chef as long as I can eat with Anya Taylor-Joy. That’s a win for me!

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