Are you hungry for a good food flick? Reading advance notices and listening as I research basics, it sounds like these films are a feast for the eyes. Laughter, relaxation and maybe some thought-provoking moments are in store for food movie buffs. Enjoy.
Chef. This one is a comedy written and directed by Jon Favreau and is winner of 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award. It stars Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johannsson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr. That’s quite a cast. Summaries sound like Follow the Food Truck Meets Four-Star Food. Coming soon.
Farmland. Directed by Oscar winner James Moll, this documentary takes a look at the lives of the people who grow our food. It tells stories from across the county about folks in the farming business. It premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival and is an official selection at a number of other festivals. Opening soon.
Fed Up. A documentary narrated by Katie Couric, written and directed by Stephanie Solchtig with Laurie David as producer. Do we get sick from the food we eat? Why are so many American children obese? Food for thought on these issues. Pun intended. Opening in theaters now.
Land Ho. Two retirees road-trip through Iceland. What will they eat there? According to advance word, this comedy travelogue-type movie boasts excellent performances by Paul Einhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson and is directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz. The film was a pick at the Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festivals. It opens July 11.
Le Chef. This French comedy stars Jean Reno. In a crisis, folks head for the kitchen. This movie is set to open in June. Advance reviews call it essentially light-weight but fun.
The Hundred Foot Journey. In this movie by noted director Lasse Hallstrom, the story is about restaurant wars in the South of France. Helen Mirren stars. The release date is sometime in August. The film was shot in France and India; the production company is Dreamworks Studios. We are bound to hear more about this one.
Would you rather cook food, read about food, or see a food movie? All three can be fun. Let us know which movie you might choose.