The Baker: Oven baked Humor
Directed and written by Gareth Lewis, the baker is an English comedy with not only a twist but one with jam filled inside. The premise of the plot is that Milo played by Damien Lewis, is an ex hit man who wants to retire from the game by seeking refuge in a country side retreat. To his surprise his lair happens to be a bakery. With not having any previous baking experience whatsoever, he is put in a predicament because he is now the town‚??s baker and he cannot do anything about it because his home is in the bakery. However after a town teenage assassin hopeful, stumbles across Milo‚??s buried bullets and weaponry, it isn‚??t before long that the town knows the secret of the so called baker. On the other hand, Milo is completely oblivious to the fact that they know and goes on to really take the baking thing seriously. He studies the craft and after making some dud doughnuts and some over crispy crumpets, he starts to believe that he really is the baker. Despite the fact that he now wants to serve the town as its baker, the townsman believe that he is really putting on a front as a baker and still carries on his hit man career. Because of this the town orders cakes but in their mind it is really code for killings. After a freak accident involving the death of a cod chef‚??s wife, the town swarms to place orders to take out the one‚??s whom they despise. It isn‚??t before long that the baker hires the boy who stumbled across his arsenal, and has him work as his assistant. Being dyslexic the boy believes he is working for him as an assassin rather than an assistant. Well after cleaning the ovens and scrubbing the tables, the boy asks when he could do some real work. Since the baker is still under the impression that his secret isn‚??t out he has no idea what the boy is talking about. The boy then attempts to terminate the first client on the bakers list and runs into some trouble on his own. A long the way the baker finds love and ends up baking up some sweet romance in his kitchen and ends up dueling with a former co-killer who professes his passionate love for the banger turned baker. In the end the Baker chooses bread over the lead and goes on to open a new and improved bakery.
Overall the plot is clever and the idea of a hit man becoming a baker is funny as it is. However, I believe the baker could have shown a little more dimension. We could have seen cakes catching on fire, customers biting into rock hard loaves of bread or many other mistakes that a new baker would make. Instead we see how hard it is for him to roll and make the dough. Despite the fact that the English humor may have been over some people‚??s heads, it still could have been taken to another level. With all this said Damien Lewis may have not been the best choice to play the baker. Lewis is assassin, but not a baker. In conclusion, the baker is still a bet to bake loaves of laughs, but for this film I think Gareth forgot to turn the preheat off.