According to Fiennes, for the cook he succumbed to self-satisfaction, his journey tells the story of “an obsessive-compulsive narcissist” wanting The tension between perfection and the pursuit of perfection. Moral clarity.
“He’s a guy who started out with a very pure desire to cook or bring food to people, and I think he hates himself because he’s clearly a Genius, but he allowed himself to be very distant,” the actor explained. “What I like is the complexity. He doesn’t like what he’s doing. He doesn’t like where he’s going. There’s a real conflict within him, and he wants power and control, but on a deeper level, he’s for that. Despise yourself.”
It’s not just that desire to flatter and authority that has brought him and his guest to this moment. Viewers learned that he was involved in harassing a female subordinate, a sous chef named Catherine (Christina Brocato), who was revealed to have conceived the twisted concept and explosive finale of the night.
“With gender dynamics in the kitchen, we wanted Catherine to talk about what it’s like to be a young woman trying to navigate an incredibly male-dominated industry. Day by Day How tough it is to perform at that level and put that much pressure on you,” Koch explained.
This thread is one of the most direct connections to diners and the film’s larger exploration of gender in food. A wealthy elderly man whose dark secret is the essence of his gross infidelity, Reed Birney , Richard, had previously sexually harmed another attendee of the night.
The two were responsible for their misconduct, but in markedly different ways, with the latter eventually being forced to lose his wedding ring finger. For Birney, Julian’s decision to take responsibility versus Richard’s decision goes beyond the chef’s connection to the underpaid service staff. “When people of my generation misbehave, they’ve gotten away with it for a long time,” he said. “The first impulse is to deny, maybe the younger generation is used to confessing.”
John Leguizamo at The Menu Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures
John Leguizamo stars as George, an aging action star inspired by Steven Seagal Seagal, who lost his artistic authenticity amid a decline in industry interest and control over his career. It’s something that Julian, now and in the future, can relate to — and fear.
“There’s something toxic about them both, one of his bad qualities is narcissism. He’s vain and that’s part of his downfall. The reason he’s there One was showing off. He was on oxygen there,” Leguizamo said, before noting that his character’s “sins” were slightly different from those of the others in the room. “Others were really scumbags, but this guy — you feel a little bit of a pity because he’s a loser. He’s an action star who’s gone behind the scenes, for a guy who was at the top of their game and then not anymore. Say, there are some very sad and tragic things.”
While the film has plenty of bad guys, it doesn’t limit its critical eye to one gender privilege and abuse. There are also several women in the film, all of whom earned their seats. Judith Light, who plays Richard’s wife Anne, sees her character as a woman who desperately clings to her “self-esteem, her place in the world, her rights, her wealth and what she thinks she The lifestyle we want to have.”
“We allow ourselves to say nothing, nothing,” Wright said of the female diners, with one exception. “[2021Anya Taylor-Joy’s Margot] Many others Women let it go, but they feel like they want it.”
Light noted that despite class and other differences, these women developed bonds and camaraderie. Yes For Anne, it made her realize that it “takes her power back in some ways”. But in the end, just like men, these women’s entitlement and inability to lift their own fingers is their downfall.
“They acted in a way that they
thought would get what they wanted,” Light said. “But everyone in the movie, as Anya says, is hungry. They have wants, needs, cravings, but they can’t solve them in the way they’ve been trying to solve.”
Judith Light in Provided by Searchlight Pictures The Menu