The Hundred-Foot Journey Should Delight Foodies
Clash between French and Indian cuisine is a light souffle starring Helen Mirren.
The Hundred-Foot Journey: Rated PG, 122 min. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah, Farzana Dua Elahe, Dillon Mitra.
A picturesque, well-acted comedy about the culinary education of a young Indian cook who emigrates to the south of France, The Hundred-Foot Journey is elevated comfort food. The flavors aren’t complex, but it’s nourishing nonetheless.
So the two restaurants go to war. But the sides are not so easily drawn: Seduced by the haute cuisine wonders of béchamel and velouté, Hassan – Papa’s first lieutenant – is considering desertion.
Steven Knight’s sweet, slack script (adapted from the novel by Richard C. Morais) is a startling volte-face from his taut-muscled Locke, a spring sleeper: The latter felt like real life on its very worst day, while The Hundred-Foot Journey feasts on its own movieness, with wisecracking one-liners, sunny aphorisms, and culinary mysticisms care-wrapped in Lasse Hallström’s sun-flare framing of pretty people and pretty landscapes. The food looks pretty damn tasty, too.
Now playing at the Hillside, IPic/Bayshore, Majestic, Mayfair Mall, Menomonee Falls, North Shore, Ridge, Showtime, South Shore.
The Hundred-Foot Journey Official Trailer