The menu: Anya Taylor-Joy’s new horror film is a perfect recipe for comedy and horror

It’s the perfect time to be a horror fan. The genre has been booming for a number of years now, resulting in some of the best horror movies return to the rooms. But the genre is also known for its innovation, and one highly anticipated upcoming film is that of Mark Mylod. The menufeaturing The Queen’s Bet actress Anya Taylor Joy. And the new horror movie is a perfect recipe for comedy and horror.

While the horror genre is known for blood and guts, some of my favorite entries also feature moments of levity. This includes classics like Scream and recent additions like Ready or Not. The menu continues this tradition and ends up being a fun and wild ride. I had the privilege of attending an advanced screening at Toronto International Film Festivaland it quickly became one of my favorite projects I saw at this year’s festival.

As a trailer for The menu showsthe upcoming comedy horror film focuses on a group of ultra-privileged guests who travel to a remote island for a very expensive and exclusive dinner – cooked by a celebrity chef Slowik (played by Voldemort himself Ralph Fiennes). Although this is a fine dining experience, things quickly start spiraling out of control as the staff and the food itself force guests to examine their lives, especially their transgressions.

Every horror movie needs a last girl, and for The menu that honor goes to the great Anya Taylor-Joy. The Golden Globe and SAG winning actress plays Margot, a non-foodie who joins dinner with her date Tyler (Nicholas Hoult). While Tyler is a super fan of Chef Slowik, Margot notices that something is wrong with the restaurant and its staff. Taylor-Joy’s character serves as the entry point to the film’s mad dash and delivers a gripping performance as you’d expect from the accomplished 26-year-old actress.

As The menu‘s title suggests, we follow as various dishes are served to the motley crew of privileged guests. The entire film is structured around the meal itself; each course gets its own title card with a detailed description of the food. While this framing device begins as a cooking TV series, the descriptions become more ridiculous as the dinner party turns into chaos, creating many deliciously comedic moments. Combined with the razor-sharp screenplay by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy, the film is both funny and scary. Along with the film’s horror elements, there’s also a lot of hilarious social commentary related to class and privilege. What else, The menu enters the culture of the service industry, especially for cooks and domestic staff. It comes after Hulu the bear makes a kitchen the main decor of his drama. As such, it’s an accessible addition to the horror genre, even for those who don’t particularly like horror movies.

The cast of The menu That’s part of why the film does so well, because everyone in the ensemble (including the featured background actors) is fully committed to the film’s unique tone. Besides lead actors Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes, the supporting cast is full of familiar faces. Including watchmenis Hong Chau, ozark actress Janet McTeercinema icon John Leguizamo, vast city‘s Arturo Castro, and the great Judith Light. Each of them gets moments to shine in both comedic and dramatic ways throughout the film’s 106-minute runtime.

The menu hits theaters on November 18. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next cinematic experience.

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