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The Menu

2022 / 107m - USA
Mystery, Comedy
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We've seen plenty of films attacking the rich and the privileged. We've also seen more than enough films heckling the art world and its pretentious ilk. The Menu combines the two, and it's all the better for it. What could've been a mere old whine is suddenly a battle of the insane, fighting it out amongst one another.

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Tyler and Margot are taking part in an exclusive dinner on a remote island. Chef Slowik is one of the most renowned chefs in the world, and the seats at his restaurant come at a considerable cost. Little do they know that this particular night, they and the other guest will play an essential part in the creation of the menu.

The actors do a solid job, the build-up of the mystery is enjoyable and the middle part of the film is pleasantly bonkers. There are no nice characters here, everybody is as mad and guilty as the next. The only downer is that the finale is too cheesy (pun intended), where I would've preferred a climax with a bit more snark and bite.

Ali G Indahouse

2002 / 85m - UK
Ali G Indahouse poster

Never seen the TV series, but this film version is pretty damn cheap. The film looks clumsy, the comic timing is off and the delivery of the jokes is plain. The jokes themselves are even worse. There are a few redeeming moments, but overall it's a rather boring, predictable and plain affair that doesn't do justice to Cohen.