The trailer for this movie intrigued me. I don’t watch Oprah, so I didn’t know anything about this movie before I saw it in a list of showings while looking to see what was out. The trailer snagged me and I locked The Hundred-Foot Journey into memory as one of my “must see” films.
It took me a month or so, but Babosh and I made it to the cineplex to check it out.
We were both blown away. The story was charming, the casting was phenomenal, and the look of the film was gorgeous. It’s been a while since I was that drawn into movie characters. The father , known as “Papa”, was fantastic both in character and casting. The conflict was organic and kept the plot moving along. I never felt lost or like I was getting bored even with the movie having a 122 minute running time. A stranger in a strange land tale, this story brings about emotions of hope and passion. One could only be a better person if they had the passion that “Hassan” has for cooking.
I recently saw another great movie framed around cooking (Chef) and I thought that while cooking and food is such an easy vehicle to use to help audiences connect with emotions that characters are feeling, The Hundred-Foot Journey takes things to another level. I’m prone to smirk at artsy dialogue about how food is more than food, but this story really presented the connection in a strong manner. It was easy to see why food and cooking was so important to these characters.
I greatly enjoyed how the story gave the characters fullness and focus. Even when bad decisions were made, they were from an honest place. I also have to share that the relationship between “Papa” and “Madame Mallory” was very close to me and my wife very early on. Naturally this had some impact, but I am confident that the movie still stood on its own and will not only encourage those who take the time to see it, but also inspire.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see a good, solid film with a good, solid story. It has plenty of laughs and plenty of struggle. The plot breathes well throughout.
It has been a long while since I have seen a movie that I consider an amazing piece of art, but this is one for sure!