Sinister: Chef Slowik in The Menu

Not in a long time have I seen a group of more unlikable rich people very satisfyingly and gruesomely taken down. With elements of horror, graphic violence and humour, The Menu centres around a high-end restaurant isolated on a private island.

With the bulk of the film taking place within the main dining room of the ultra‑luxury restaurant, most of the plot revolves around the dishes Chef Slowik and his kitchen prepare. At each dish, each character takes centre stage.

All of them are deeply unpleasant members of the elite and ruling classes—arrogant film stars, self‑indulgent food critics, sexist and corrupt businessmen, and CEOs in a failing marriage. All of them that is, except for Margot.

She finds herself at the restaurant after being hired as a sex worker by the other main character Tyler, a rude and obsessed fan of Slowik. Each dish prepared by the kitchen is more of a performance than food and is deeply theatrical leaving us at many points of the film unsure what is theatrics or real life.

With the plot centring around Margot, we see the lives of the ruling class, slowly fall apart under Slowik’s nauseating menu. The apparent revenge he acts out against them leaves us shocked and curious.

The Menu embraces the absurd, shocking, and horrific—and brings us some satisfying poetic justice. There’s little more enjoyable than seeing the comfort of the rich and powerful crumble and turn against them.

The Menu is streaming on Disney Plus and in cinemas now

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