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The Hundred Foot JourneyThis food looks good

by Justin Johnson | 2014-08-08 | Movies, Reviews
When Hundred Foot Journey was announced, I instantly thought of how much my dear ol' ma would enjoy the film.  And enjoy it she did.  Let me jump right to it, she walked out of the movie stating, and I paraphrase "First movie this year that didn't have a single issue, I loved it!"  While I may not take such a bold stance, I was very pleased with how much enjoyment my mom found in the movie.  Hundred Foot Journey is the latest Oprah book list hit turned movie (and appropriately produced by Oprah who partnered up with Steven Spielberg - side note, is there anything Spielberg is not producing these days??).  With major backing, this book turned movie had all the potential to be a major drama hit, and capitalize on that support it did.  First, star power!  Lasse Hallstrom directs and Steven Knight writes, both have an impressive drama background such as Chocolat.  Leading actress, Helen Mirren continues to impress me, is there anything this lady can't do?  From assassin in RED, to aristocratic Queen, she is an absolutely amazing actress.  To round out the cast are some new comers such as Dayal who takes on the lead role of Hassan.Hassan is carefully set up as a food prodigy.  From an early age, he discovers how flavors and smells of food can lead to culinary excellence.  His mother trains him and he takes his skills to Europe after his Indian home is burned down in a political rivalry.  Here is where the second major contribution of the producers come in, the settings.  The small French town Hassan settles in is nothing short of a second character in the movie with its beauty and unique architecture.  The movie makes use of the country side to develop the movie in a unique way that I really enjoyed.  Another key feature in the movie of course is FOOD!  I have seen a lot of movies make use of food as a character, but this movie took it a step further.  Not only was food prominently featured... read
 

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