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I May Destroy You
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I watched this because I had recently been thinking that a movie about a cooking contest show could be good and then I came upon this. This was more of a spoof than I was looking for, ridiculously unrealistic but answers the question of ‘why aren't there people like us on cooking shows?' that many craftsmen and craftswomen of tater casseroles and fancy JELLO molds have asked themselves over the years - because you'd act like the characters in this movie. Although, as a home cook with hundreds of my own recipes and food crations, I kinda hate this movie and can't wait to forget it but I wouldn't make any of these things they made so I'm not that mad at it.
Set's up well as you should like the protagonist, his supporting cast, and dislike all his antagonists. People who enjoy cooking, or food in general, should like this movie and people who like the conflict of old ways versus new ways should also find something to like. Again, another example of me not being sure why this is scored as low as it is by critics and audiences. I like what it showed of upscale cooking and kitchens and how challenging it could be. Unfortunately it declines steadily as it becomes less about the food and more about the main character's first world problems and it does drag on a bit too long.
Take it from me, people just don't understand Will Smith in serious roles. Generic movie but not total garbage. Second half was better than the first but with a lackluster ending.
Not a type of film I have much interest in. The synopsis said he was a "fixer" and I was expecting something else but it's really just a rudimentary legal drama if one has watched enough legal dramas. For me, this is cold spaghetti without enough sauce.
Slow character study that jumps around a bit, I couldn't really get into it. Well set and shot and well acted, decent adult drama... nothing was able to keep my interest though. I finally grasped what it was trying to do with the jumping around but it just lets my focus drift too much and when I do refocus it's on something despondent. Ending could have been more.