See it. The trailer was questionable; a food truck, a down and out chef, clips of a father and son? But Chef is so much more. I kept waiting for some cheesy moment. It did not happen. OK, I kept waiting for a gooey love story - not there. Surely there would be some pivotal life and death scene - literally - nope.
Instead the story unfolds slowly as if it were a nice souffle rising, not some hum drum lava cake with goo in the center (an inside joke). The characters are well cast. How about a movie that puts Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Sofía Vergara, Dustin Hoffman, Amy Sedaris, and Robert Downey Jr., to name a few, together in a screenplay where these award winning actors do not step on each other or hog the screen. Rather they do what professional actors should do - play their parts well so that the story comes together to produce an excellent movie.
No spoiler here if you have seen the trailer, the storyline is that of a renown chef who is a divorced father who loses his job and ends up with a food truck. But more than that it is a literal journey that brings his life back into perspective. It is true sometimes we need to lose everything before we realize what we had.
No, it is not perfect. And I am not sure the Academy will see this as an award worthy film. But for those of us who pay for tickets to escape our frenetic lives for an hour or two ( in this case 115 minutes) of pure enjoyment, this fit the bill.
We walked out as several other theaters, showing new releases of other popular films we considered seeing, emptied at the same time. Yes, I will probably see those other films but I was thrilled that we chose Chef last night.