New teaser trailers give an inside look at Ralph Fiennes as a sinister chef in the upcoming comedy horror The menu. The picture premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and has received positive reviews from critics so far. The film, co-written by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy, marks the directorial debut of Mark Mylod, whose previous credits have been episodes of succession and Game of Thrones.
With Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult as a young couple, The menu revolves around their journey to an exclusive restaurant on a remote island where Chef Slowik (Fiennes) has prepared an unconventional and shocking dining experience. With an ensemble cast, the film also features the likes of John Leguizamo (encanto), Hong Chau (The whale), Janet McTeer (tumbleweeds), Judith Light (Who is the boss?), Aimee Carrero (She-Ra and the princess of power), Arturo Castro (Narcos), Rob Yang (succession) and Paul Adelstein (Jailbreak). Adam McKay, Betsy Koch and Will Ferrell were also the producers.
Two new trailers have now been released on the official Twitter account for The menu, and get a closer look at Fiennes as the ominous Chef Slowik. Grim-faced and blunt, the first teaser gives a glimpse of some of the film’s dark humor as Slowik remarks on the acting prowess of one of his guests. “The memory of your face in that movie haunts me,‘ he says, much to the obvious shock of Leguizamo’s character. Focusing on Tyler in the second teaser, the visibly emotional foodie gushes about how Slowik “plays with the raw material of life itself and death itself.Watch the videos below:
Best known for his portrayal of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise, Fiennes’ portrayal of Chef Slowik has received high praise from critics to date. Described as an unconventional villain, Fiennes has previously indicated that his character possesses an underlying sense of self-loathing while obsessed with a perfection that continues to allude to him. The film is inspired by Gosford Park and Succession “Tern Havenepisode, focusing on tense dinner service and the individual relationships between characters at different tables. Since the dynamic between Slowik and Margot played a particularly important role, Fiennes suggested that the latter would be something of an anomaly for Slowik, putting his relationship with the culinary arts to the test.
Scheduled for release in November, reviews are currently suggesting audiences will be thoroughly entertained by Mylod’s satirical horror film. Backed by a star-studded ensemble known for powerful performances across a variety of genres, The menu has the potential to become one of this fall’s most satisfying titles. While the exact nature of the horrors hiding in the exclusive Hawthorne restaurant remains a mystery, the latest teasers certainly promise a good dose of dark humor.
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Source: The menu / Twitter