"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.
I almost cried.
The beginning of the film had me, probably the most life for me in this film. I It was just tragic to watch Nigel's poor Mother to have such a fate when she was just so adorable with her issues upon cooking. Hey, no one says cooking can be easy unless you have the skills.
But when Nigel grew up to his teenage self, I quickly lost interest in the film. It was annoying to watch him hate Ms.Potter so much. I understand it sucks to have another woman come into your father's life, but to be so hateful to a woman who at one point tried to be nice to you and all you give was rude remarks about her stats que.
I really lost interest on how the film ended, I mean really, in what restaurant would a guy give a sixteen year old a job spot in actual cooking based off the kid saying, "I make a really good lemon meringue pie." I mean really!
Nigel would have started off as a bus boy, the guy who cleans the dishes, then move slowly up if he showed potential and determination.
And the last bit of summary, the later life of Nigel Slater, could have been done better honestly. Like telling me he never saw Ms. Potter again, well I don't really care. I think in the relationship of Ms.Potter and Nigel, both were at fault for its bad ways. I would have loved to see the adult Nigel become the excellent food reviewer I so read about during the film.
But without out fail, a decent film for Netflix quality.