New Ralph Fiennes horror The Menu is an absolute ‘mindf**k’ of epic proportions
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Harry Potter himself might struggle to stop Ralph Fiennes' character as he portrays a perfectionist chef in Mark Mylod's new horror movie The Menu.
This one goes out to everyone who loves to snap a picture of their food. Yes, that includes myself.
Fiennes, who is known for portraying Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, is on a new mission in The Menu as he seeks to offer up the finest food money can buy.
The actor stars alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and an ensemble of hungry customers, including passionate Instagrammer Tyler (Nicholas Hoult), food critic Lillian (Janet McTeer), and 'don't you know who I am' rich kid Soren, played by Arturo Castro.
The Menu screenwriters Will Tracy and Seth Reiss have revealed the events that unfold in the film were actually inspired by a real meal which took place on a remote island on its own.
Though the customers there weren't subject to the kind of horror that the characters in the film are, Tracy told Bon Appetite he remembers feeling intense claustrophobia, saying: “There’s something relentless about all of these tasting menus. You can’t leave. You’re being held hostage by a story which they’re telling for hours.”
The Menu was actually released in cinemas a couple of months ago, but has captured fresh attention recently after it arrived on Disney+ in the UK.
Viewers have been left entirely stunned after watching the movie, with one perfectly describing it as a 'mindf*ck'.
Podcast host Noam Blum wrote: "THE MENU is top tier. One of the funniest movies I’ve seen in forever and a wholly originally horror/mindf*ck film, especially if you know (and dislike) foodie culture."
Another viewer is still trying to get over their viewing experience, admitting: "It has been a week and I still can't get over from the movie, The Menu."
The film has even earned praise from Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, who wrote: "Late for dinner- but loved THE MENU (Mylod, 2022) cast beautifully- with three central performances I enjoyed tremendously.
"Its dark, dark sense of humor and looming menace were a delight. Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy drive it home"
Both Fiennes and Taylor-Joy earned Golden Globe nominations for their performances in the movie, and it's achieved an impressive 86 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer, as well as a 76 percent Audience Score.
If you're looking for a movie to sink your teeth into, this is definitely one to watch.