Benjamin Maio Mackay
The Hundred-Foot Journey - 4 Stars
This scrumptious film is thoroughly enjoyable and has a wonderful cast, but there are a few minor flaws.
In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.
It’s really an ensemble piece and it’s held alive by the cast. Helen Mirren’s character (Madam Mallory) is very strong and she clearly shows the character’s progression from aggression to love and acceptance. Om Puri (Papa) is captivating in the film and steals every scene he is in. His portrayal of the character is rich, filled with humour and a touch of melancholy and sadness. He is the heart of the story and the many etched age lines on his face only help to convey his life journey. However, unfortunately on some occasions it is difficult to hear him due to the audio on the film.
Manish Dayal’s portrayal as Hassan, the son of Papa is strong (even if his character is weak) and I’m sure his career will continue to grow after this film! I did feel that there were some inconsistencies in the story and that Hassan is too quick to relinquish his Indian cooking prowess to the French cuisine.
The script itself was strong and the film was directed wonderfully. It was an array of colour and life that will certainly give you an appetite, even if you do eat before the film! The Hundred Foot Journey opens on August the 14th.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Movie screening courtesy of DreamWorks