Due to the cold and windy weather, my blog staff and my boyfriend Frank are joining me from home today, via Skype. Welcome boys!
Lilly Faye: Before we review the movie, I'd like to thank Frank for providing our movie night dinner. His Chicken Tikka Masala and Curried Rice with Raisins and Toasted Almonds was excellent. I sure wouldn't have wanted to watch The Hundred-Foot Journey on an empty stomach. The food served in the movie all looks so gorgeous, it would make anyone hungry!
(Frank's Chicken Tikka Masala on Curried Rice)
Mr. Frank: Thanks Doll. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Alfie Cat: I'm not one to give compliments, but your chicken was quite acceptable Frank.
Dizzie: I like anything I can fit in my mouth. Thanks Frank.
Lilly Faye: Now on to the movie...
Dizzie: It's another feel-good chick movie. Not enough tension! I knew how it would end after the first ten minutes!
Lilly Faye: I disagree, Diz. I thought there was plenty of tension.
Mr. Frank: Actually Dizzie, a relaxing, feel-good movie was just what I needed after our car ride over to your place.
No offense Doll, but you're not the world's best driver.
Lilly Faye: With all these new vehicle safety features, you don't have to be that good.
Anyway, back to the movie...
The Hundred-Foot Journey is based on a novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais. It's the story of the Kadam family, who leave India after losing their restaurant and their family matriarch in a devastating fire. They travel through Europe looking for a new place to put down roots. Eventually they end up in France, where they buy a vacant restaurant which is not much more than a ruin, and renovate it.
The French villagers are curious about the loud, boisterous family and their exotic restaurant. Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant located literally one hundred feet across the street, feels threatened, setting up a rivalry between herself and Papa (Om Puri), the patriarch of the Kadam family.
At first the customers stay away, but Papa is full of good ideas, a few of which come to him from his late wife. I loved that some of the first customers he pulls into the restaurant are a couple with a cute dog! I wish more restaurant owners would welcome dogs.
Mr. Frank: One of the Kadam sons is a born chef, and one arc of The Hundred-Foot Journey is his coming of age story. I think that was my favorite part of the movie, since I'm a chef myself.
Lilly Faye: The journey in the title is symbolic, and also the theme of the movie. It's not only about the son's journey to adulthood, it's also a journey to a new homeland, a journey across a cultural divide, and a journey toward love.
The movie's soundtrack is beautiful, and the scenery is stunning. Plus, it features not just one, but two romances!
Here is a YouTube link to the trailer:
Time to rate the movie, boys!
Dizzie: One Paw Up! The plot was predictable, but the music was pretty good.
Mr. Frank: Two Paws Up! It was very relaxing, and I liked the subject matter and the cooking scenes.
Alfie Cat: I'm abstaining. I left the room as soon as the chicken was all gone.
Lilly Faye's Movie Rating: Two Paws Up! For its beauty and romance!
The Hundred-Foot Journey would be an excellent Valentine date movie!