Don’t go to this movie hungry. I mean it.
Because if you do, you’ll be starving five minutes in.
… especially if you like Indian food.
The Hundred-Foot Journey, based on Richard C. Morais’ book of the same name, tells the story of an Indian family who moves to Europe after a fire consumes their livelihood. Through a roadside accident and comedy of errors, they ultimately land in a small French town and set up shop 100 feet away from Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) Michelin-starred French restaurant.
Frustrations abound, tempers flare, and the city mayor is caught in the middle – as is Marguerite, a young chef at Madame Mallory’s. How could it possibly be resolved? And could there possibly be hope for Marguerite and Hassan, the chef behind the magic only 100 feet away?
You’ll have to watch the movie to find out for yourself.
(Too bad Helen Mirren doesn’t have pink hair in the movie; that could have made for an entertaining flair.)
Pink hair or no, this movie is definitely worth seeing. The music, the colors, the scenery – and the scents of Indian cuisine and spices that you can almost smell through the screen. Garam masala for the win – a beautiful combination of spices, including turmeric, cinnamon, black and white peppercorns, black and white cumin seeds, cloves, and black, brown, and green cardamom pods (and sometimes more/less, depending on the region). It’s one of the most beautiful-smelling spice mixtures in existence, in my very humble opinion!
But we can’t forget about French cuisine, either, nor the classical dishes represented in Hundred-Foot Journey. From partridge to omelets to that pinnacle heralded (rightfully so!) by Julia Child, boeuf bourgignon, your senses will truly be overwhelmed, in the best way. And Helen Mirren is the perfect person to enlighten us; while I thought I caught her native British accent a couple of times, her French and the role she played were enchanting. At once biting and scathing, then turning into all sweetness, her character was complex and endearing.
Hundred-Foot Journey is a great movie to see in the theatre, with all the spectacular food and scenery; a perfect way to spend a three-day weekend (because you’ll spend the rest of it cooking!).
The one downside to seeing Hundred-Foot Journey in the theatre is that it was prefaced by a trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. I don’t know if this is the case in every theatre; I went to Cinebarre, which is 21+ only and may have contributed. However, to put a Fifty Shades trailer in front of a PG, family-friendly movie was a poor choice, in my humble opinion. Yes, the preview could have been (much) worse. Parents, please just be advised that this preview may be shown in front of Hundred-Foot Journey.