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Like its namesake, "Toast" is crusty comfort food with little nutritional substance.
"Toast" has three things deserving of adoration: spectacular lemon-meringue pies, the songs of Dusty Springfield and Helena Bonham Carter.
Director S.J. Clarkson seems oblivious to the dissonance; perhaps he's deafened by the music.
For the most part, the movie feels like an emotional vacuum, mirroring the drab vanilla and mint green interiors of the Slaters' home.
"Toast," is by turns sweet and tart, airy and rich and, above all, a thoroughly irresistible confection.
Audience Reviews for Toast
I actually know nothing about the man this is based on, so didn't know what to expect.
Actually, it was pretty good. The kid who plays young Nigel is excellent (this coming from me - I normally find child actors cloying and can't wait for the older cast to take over, so that's how good this kid is). I was sorry when "older" Nigel took over.
Interesting look at a young boys childhood in the 60's, the setting was great, really convincing as being that era.
It's only 90 minutes long, so strange that it feels long, yet is rushed. The older Nigel bits only total 30 minutes and barely tell any story
I loathed mrs Potter as well. Probably only at the very end I felt any sympathy. Nigel does seem cruel by then. Then again. Patronising hag smoking all over the place, I don't know I would have wanted to stick with her either. Then again, 60's, hard life, hard to judge.
What a wonderful little movie! Nice BBC film based on the early life of UK food critic Nigel Slater. Good performances by Oscar Kennedy as the young Nigel, and Freddie Highmore as the teenaged Nigel. In addition to providing food porn in dessert form, the set design is also awesome with lots of yellows and greens. Very 60s! For the sharp-eyed, Nigel Slater makes a cameo near the end as a chef at the Savoy. A truly nice surprise, because I wasn't expecting too much from this movie. I love when I am treated to a true delight!
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Freddie Highmore, Ken Stott, Matthew McNulty, Clare Higgins, Victoria Hamilton, Selina Cadell, Tracey Wilkinson
Director: S.J. Clarkson
Summary: Adapted from famed food writer Nigel Slater's memoir, this drama centers on young Nigel, who struggles with his mother's death, a troubled relationship with his father and a new stepmother even as he pursues his passion for cooking.
My Thoughts: "Unfortunately I found the story to be a bit boring just like the food this film is named after. I just couldn't get into the film. I felt bad for Nigel for having a hard hearted father and a sick mother. But besides the performances, there was nothing in the film worth keeping my attention."
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