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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.
Like going to a restaurant where they fill you up with tasty appetizers and delicious bread but then kick you out before the main course is served.
Toast never succumbs to cloying sentimentality.
Aren't foodies dull?
"Charming, but oddly under-motivated...Netflixable."
Enjoyment of this amiable nostalgia trip mostly hinges on one question: Do you care when the Observer scribe made his first pie?
What an annoying little twerp Nigel Slater is, in this odd, off-putting, light-dramatic version of food author Slater's young life.
A visual feast that nonetheless seems emotionally parched...despite the gorgeous toppings ladled onto it, 'Toast' remains too dry and brittle a meal to be fully satisfying.
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.
While young Nigel(Oscar Kennedy) may love his parents(Victoria Hamilton & Ken Stott), he is nowhere near that fond of his mother's cooking, even though she can rock a slice of toast. Inspired to do better, Nigel cooks them spaghetti bolognese for dinner, a dish they are puzzled by. That all turns to be a moot point when Nigel's mother falls ill, a condition he initially thinks might be caused by her being pregnant.
"Toast" is an oddly engaging movie that is aided by some great moments, including one where Nigel's friend points out that growing up in a dysfunctional household can only make him interesting as an adult, a sentiment I would like to agree with despite the lack of scientific studies. And that's not to mention a controlled gonzo turn from Helena Bonham Carter that turns Mrs. Potter from monstrous to I think something approaching a tragic figure.
All of this is in the service of learning not to take anything for granted. But then "Toast" is set in the dreary back end of England(at first I thought this might be the 50's until a random group of hippies are shown on a pier and the great use of Dusty Springfield songs) which is quite possibly hell for any aspiring foodie, if the reported awfulness of English food is/was anything to go by. On the other hand, the fact that we get both ends of the spectrum of dishes admittedly does go a long way to disprove that whole line of thought.
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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