The Menu features shocking twists


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Anya Taylor-Joy plays the role of Margot, who is one of the chef’s guests.

Khadicha Kosimjonova, Staff Writer

The Menu movie introduces an unexpected and eerie plot that touches on elitism in a thriller and horror hybrid.

The Menu is directed by Mark Mylod about a young couple, Margot and Tyler, played by Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult respectively, who go to a remote island where an impressive chef, played by Ralph Fiennes, introduces a menu that has murderous selections. 

In a trip that starts off fun and adventurous, secrets soon begin to sprout as the chef reveals unsettling secrets about the dishes, and broadcasts his customer’s deep secrets. After a dangerous and eventful day, the chef finally reveals his reason for this mind-boggling experience. He announces that everyone he has invited to the island has affected his and other chefs’ work negatively in some way. 

Some movies take a long time to get interesting, but right off the bat, the audience is introduced to the dangerous means of the island. Immediately, the viewer is excited to watch the film, as there is unexpected violence at every turn. 

Even being a horror film, the use of dry humor is a great touch. It is not often that a thriller movie like this incorporates humor, however it causes the movie to be even more special. 

Though the plot twists were a great part of the movie, they also harm the film, as it can cause the viewers to be confused. Also, some of the gory images were ridiculous and unnecessary, causing the film to lose its sophistication and become tacky. 

The message of this film pokes fun at the rich and criticizes them as well. However, this is not conveyed effectively. Through gory violence and the chef’s motives, it is understood that the authors of this film are ridiculing the rich, but it is hard to see. 

Overall, The Menu has a shocking and versatile plot which allows it to be a unique film.