Anyway, are you a fan of cooking movies? I'm not really either. Maybe they just don't come up every day and grips me. My mother, sister and I watched this together on iTV, and I had a groan that Pizza Hut couldn't refresh. The movie credits started rolling with me having a big smile and an appetite.
Based on a true story AND a book, fiction or not I do not know, a big Indian family is forced to move to Paris after their home is burned down due to a government riot. There, they find a restaurant available for purchase a hundred feet from Le Saule Pleureur, a one-Michelin star French restaurant led by Helen Mirren, who plays a character that I didn't like yet I really itched to shake her hand. A Michelin star is a special star that is given to restaurants positively reviewed by the biggest critics out there. One star is a big deal, yet, no big deal however. You get my drift? Getting two is amazing, and three is only from the gods. Knowing that this new Indian restaurant that plays music so loud, it's like a doorbell for the one star restaurant, the two restaurants see the other as the enemy. But in the end, will it really matter who ends up on top?
I'm generally a fan of movies that end up having a rivalry. It's almost always intriguing to find out what will happen during the battle and at the end. but it matters even more what you do with it. Chef Hassan Kadam, who is new to France, meets a chef from next door, and they end up having a crush but they feel trapped from having a good relationship because of being on the opposite side. One restaurant could bring the other out of business, and more than a few times do they each try. Hassan sees beyond the fighting and thinks about what the best thing would be. Each character, especially Mirren's Madame Mallory, seems to have a blooming back story beyond them, and when a surprising action sequence comes up, I felt this movie was going great but it seemed to be going toward a drop that would doom the whole movie. Hassan ends up gaining popularity, and when it happened, I started to understand vaguely what he meant by soul of the food.
Like a big bowl of French Vanilla ice cream with non-gournmet yet perfect Smucker's Chocolate Syrup, this movie has delicious food in which looking at it is enough. So is the movie, and I would've given it a perfect score if there was maybe just one more...thing. The thing cooks and movie goers long for. Maybe the urge to rewatch it, I don't know.