Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MINI-REVIEW: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal


August 8, 2014

Lasse Hallström

DreamWorks Pictures,
Touchstone Pictures (Disney)

2 hours 2 minutes



When Disney produces live action movies, I think it's safe to say that a schmaltz-fest is expected, especially when it's a film about people from another part of the world changing things up for locals.  Well for the first hour of "The Hundred-Foot Journey," that's exactly what it is: a pure schmaltz-fest filled with quotes made just for the trailer, as well as jokes that aren't even that funny and an incredibly predictable romance between two characters.  However once the first hour has passed, and the story goes beyond this Indian family opening up an Indian restaurant in France, that's when the movie actually got interesting.  The main character isn't Helen Mirren's character, as the poster/trailer might suggest.  The movie actually focuses on Manish Dayal's character, who is an aspiring chef.  Basically the second half focuses on him getting his big break and stuff, differing away from all of the cliched crap.  The movie is well-acted, and the script is fine for the most part.  Despite all of the cliches and typical "inspirational story" bullsh** that is seen far too often, I didn't mind "The Hundred-Foot Journey."  At best, this is a fine rental to have with the family on a rainy night.  There's no point seeing this in the theater, but I did smile a few times, and for that, I'll recommend this sucker.

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