The Menu: A tastefully, violent film

The Menu, directed by Mark Mylod, hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2022.


“The Menu”, directed by Mark Mylod, hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2022.

Rylie Lockerman, Editor

“The Menu,” directed by Mark Mylod, released to platforms on Jan. 3, 2023. From its first release to theaters on Nov. 18, 2022, I noticed an abundant amount of mixed emotions regarding whether this film was worth the watch or not. Some said it lacked comedic substance while others defended its powerful presentation. So, I decided to see for myself.

The plot consists of a group of elite strangers who are invited to an exclusive, prestigious restaurant located on a secluded island. These strangers however, are all familiar customers of the famous Chef Slowik, but definitely not friends. Well, all except for the protagonist, Margot. As the night progresses, a series of courses are given to the guests that make up a shocking twist in the storyline filled with suspense and violence.

As far as the casting goes, it was undoubtedly not disappointing. Every actor fulfilled their character’s purpose excellently and allowed me to grow attached to characters like Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy). The performance of Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) specifically, carried the entire plot and intensified the surprising turn of events that took place. Mylod’s decision to include almost no speaking characters who didn’t have an important role really enhanced the plot.

While this movie was enjoyable to watch, I wouldn’t necessarily include it in the comedic category. Their reaches for comedic relief were overpowered by constant violence and the two just didn’t mix well together. Although, I did find the focus on each side character’s backstory interesting.

Ultimately, “The Menu” did well with serving a delightfully mysterious thriller and captured a thought-provoking story.