THE MENU (2022) 13 reviews of dark comedy horror with Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes

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‘Painstakingly prepared. Brilliant execution’
The Menu
is a 2022 American dark comedy horror film in which a young couple journeys to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant. There, the world-renowned chef has prepared a pretentious menu, with some shocking surprises.

Directed by Mark Mylod from a screenplay co-written by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy. Produced by Katie Goodson, Betsy Koch, Adam McKay, DanTram Nguyen and Zahra Phillips.


The Alienworx Productions-Hyperobject Industries co-production stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer, Aimee Carrero, John Leguizamo, Judith Light and Hong Chau.

In the US, Searchlight Pictures released The Menu on November 18, 2022.

“Even with bursts of shocking violence, there’s a restraint to the horror and madness. The wit, humor, style, and performances ultimately serve tasty morsels worth savoring. The pacing is as methodical as Chef Slowik’s meal, which means it has a way of dragging on a bit too long without fully satiating.” 3 out of 5, Bloody Disgusting

“Mark Mylod’s The Menu is a sly, extra sharp satire that isn’t afraid of offering us some dry-aged humor in addition to all the commentary on haute cuisine and wealthy idiocy. It won’t change the world, of course, but it isn’t trying to – it just wants us to walk away feeling satisfied that a film dared to tell a story like this.” 9 out of 10, First Showing

“It’s clear from the opening preamble that some twisted shit is about to go down, as Hong Chau’s maître is openly aggressive and patronising towards the guests before they’ve even had a chance to take a seat. In the aggressively polite world of dining – fine or otherwise – this rings a very false note, and it’s one that is repeated throughout a film in which the makers don’t really have any answer for why the diners remain in place to be abused.” Little White Lies

“While there are instances of face-palm-inducing character decisions, they are few and far between, as the film’s sizzling farcical edge is never taken off the burner. The Menu is a wonderfully twisted dark comedy that is not only deserving of a five-star Yelp review but also a Michelin Star.” Tilt

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