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The new satirical film The Menu focuses on the restaurant industry and the one percent, skewering both perfectly. In the thriller, Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and her date Tyler (Nicholas Hoult) travel to a private island to dine at Hawthorne, an exclusive restaurant run by celebrity chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes). There's a group of other guests attending the dinner, and as the series of courses continues, horrors begin to unfold.
"We were both intrigued by this type of restaurant at this moment in culinary history," screenwriter Will Tracy, who penned The Menu with Seth Reiss, tells Town & Country. "It’s somewhat falling out of fashion—the scary, white, usually male chef. And Slowik knows that a bit. There’s an anxiety about it all coming to an end: What I am doing has to mean something more than just pleasing these people I can’t stand."
Tracy adds, "It’s in some ways a love letter to this type of restaurant when it’s done well, but also about all the bullshit."
At the 2023 Golden Globes, The Menu is up for two awards: Best Actress for Taylor-Joy and Best Actor, for Fiennes.
How to stream The Menu:
As of January 3, The Menu is currently streaming on HBO Max.
Or, you can rent or buy the movie from a variety of platforms, including Apple TV+ and Google Play:
If you prefer a physical copy, the Blu-ray and DVD version of The Menu comes out on January 17, 2023.
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