With a CV that includes only three film credits as director, the best forgotten Ali G Indahouse (2002) the mostly forgotten The Big White (2005) starring the late Robin Williams and the forgotten romantic comedy What’s Your Number? (2011), the name Mark Mylod isn’t exactly synonymous with quality films. Thankfully his past cinematic indiscretions are no measure of the quality of his latest film The Menu as it’s quite possibly one of the best films of 2022.

Plot wise when it comes to knowing anything about The Menu less is best so no spoilers here.

The Menu is a black comedy set on an island where the only building is an exclusive restaurant run by Chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes). The story, set over one dinner sitting, sees a group of the Chefs fans arriving by boat so that they can partake in his culinary delights. Included amongst the foodie fans are young couple Tyler and Margot (Nicholas Hoult and Anya Taylor-Joy), restaurant critic Lillian Bloom (Janet Mc Teer), a Hollywood star (John Leguizamo) and other characters all of whom appear to have more money than sense.

As the meal progresses it becomes obvious that Chef Julian, along with his obedient staff, have more in store for their dinner guests than the cliental expect.

To tell anymore would waste the enjoyment of finding out the plot for yourself but just let me say that Mylod has produced a wonderfully crafted film that’s both wickedly funny and chillingly scary and comes highly recommended. Don’t miss


The Menu

Director: Mark Mylod
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, Janet McTeer & Nicholas Hoult.

UK/US Release: Cinemas 18th November 2022