Movie Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

*Disclosure: I attended a free screening of this movie. I was not required to write this post, and no compensation was given for doing so. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

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Funny. Sincere. Heart-felt. Visually stunning. There is no shortage of adjectives to describe the new film from DreamWorks and Touchstone, The Hundred-Foot Journey.

Movie Review The Hundred-Foot Journey

About The Hundred-Foot Journey

In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.
 
Directed by Academy Award-nominee Lasse Hallström and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charoltte Le Bon, The Hundred-Foot Journey” is produced by Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, Academy Award-nominee Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt, Carla Gardini, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King. The screenplay is written by Academy Award-nominee Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.

What’s So Great About This Movie?

The Hundred-Foot Journey has a lot of heart. Love is the emotional thread that caries through every moment of this film – love for family, love for culture, love for food, love for learning and talent and improvement, love for each other. The characters are sincere and complex, as are their relationships with each other. The character and story development are well done, if not a little predictable, and things do slow down to a crawl about 3/4 of the way through the film. From what I’ve read, that particular arc in the story (and slower pace of the film) is faithful to the text of the novel. I enjoyed the moments of humor and sharp wit, of which there are plenty. And everything from the French village to the food to the actors themselves are simply lovely to watch. What a gorgeous film! Re-watching the trailer above made me excited all over again for this movie.

It’s Rated PG. Does That Mean It’s a Kid’s Movie?

Not necessarily. Although I believe it’s appropriate to watch with kids, I’m not sure they’ll fully appreciate all the nuances in The Hundred-Foot Journey. There are a few disturbing scenes parents should be aware of, mostly involving racial/ethnic intolerance, which is a mature theme that would also need to be discussed. And frankly, I think the amount of exposition might leave young kids a little bored. But I know my teenagers are looking forward to seeing this.

Bottom Line

Although The Hundred-Foot Journey doesn’t dig as deep into the weightier topics it introduces – like death, intolerance, even poverty – this movie is still a pleasure to watch and leaves you feeling uplifted in the end.

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