If you are a foodie extraordinaire, you are bound to have your favorite list of movies with food as it central theme. Movies based on the theme of food are not only amazingly crafted, but make an instant connect with the audience. Here are our top picks; if you have not still watched them, watch them now.
One of my personal favorites Julie & Julia is a beautifully-conceptualized movie which effortlessly oscillates between the past and the present. Julie Powell’s amateurish thought of cooking 534 recipes from Julia Child’s ‘ Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ in a single year soon turned into a full-time project. Her own journey which comprised of overcoming her inner fear of not completing anything on time is beautifully intertwined with Julia Child’s own gastronomic journey and mastering French cooking. The movie seamlessly captures the love for food of two different women from two different generations and how that love helps them to overcome a lot of their personal problems.
If Julie & Julia shows the bond of two women over food, Chef shows father-son relationship from a different angle. When Casper quits his job over a ugly social fight with a food critic, and decides to launch a food truck with his trusted friend and sous-chef Martin, he brings his son along. What follows is an adventure, an unforgettable one both for the father and the son who gets to work for his father all summer.
There is only one movie which can make you emotional, because a film about food is supposed to make you happy and it is Stanley’s Dabba. Stanley never brings his lunch to school, but his friends share their food with him unquestioningly. However, this does not go well with the teacher, Babubhai Verma who does not approve of this arrangement, because he fails to get his share of food from the students. He threatens to expel Stanley, but after a brief hiatus Stanley starts bringing his own dabba. And the food is simply out of the world. Of course, when you reach the end, you find the mystery behind the lunch box, and that may make you a bit emotional.
When you think of a sweet ending, there is only one film which can feature first in your list of must-watch, and it has to be Chocolate. A young woman arrives with her daughter in a small French town and opens a chocolate shop. What follows is a tussle between the young woman and the Mayor of the town. The question that the movie seems to probe is what exactly is the definition of morality? Can we say that consuming chocolate is a sin as it evokes a lot of pleasurable thoughts? One of the beautiful moments in the movie is definitely the scene where women unite for saving the chocolate shop.
An animated movie but classic in every sense of the term is Ratatouille. Remy, a mouse passionate about cooking and French food is the protagonist. He aspires to be a chef like Chef Gusteau, and because he is a mouse he befriends the garbage boy Alfredo Linguini to cook in Gusteau’s restaurant. Friendship is one of the central themes of the movie. And next time when you say that you cannot do something, remember that a mouse has dared to be a chef and has impressed the stern critics of French cuisine.