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Chef (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Jon Favreau pulls a Ben Affleck here being just as good in front of the camera as he is behind it in this movie about food and putting time and effort into the things you love. It's a story about a chef named Carl Casper played by Jon Favreau who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after repeatedly having his creativity and enthusiasm for cooking squeezed out of him by a controlling owner played by Dustin Hoffman. Jobless and unsure what to do with his life he buys a food truck and goes on a journey to rediscover his zest for life and love. This movie oozes passion and you can tell it's a bit of a passion project. I thought the film served as an allegory for his movie career. The restaurant serving as the studio that make the mistake of getting involved with his creative process and the food truck serving as basically this movie, his actual creative outlet. After all it was studio interference that caused the dip in quality of Iron Man 2. I thought the movie had some editing issues. You could tell sometimes that they cut things out and it wasn't hidden very well. But the movie all around was great. Very charming, very funny, it has a great script and a cast bursting with personally. Just don't watch it on an empty stomach.