SXSW: Chef Is A Blast, Check Out Our Video Review Shot On A Food Truck!

By Sean O'Connell 2014-03-08 12:32:01discussion comments
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Jon Favreauís Chef is food porn. Iím fairly confident the crowd at the Paramount Theater attending the Opening Night screening at the The 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival left happy. The audience laughed throughout Favreauís warm, funny and surprisingly autobiographical food dramedy, and erupted into enthusiastic applause as it drew to a close.

I also guarantee that they left the Paramount starving. There are more scenes of Favreauís character, Carl, cooking up delicious dishes Ė often as a method to relieve his stress Ė that you better go in with a full stomach. Popcorn and a fountain drink from the concession stands arenít going to cut during your Chef screening.

Favreauís movie is a return to his roots (and, depending on how you read it, a rejection of the popcorn blockbusters that have become his calling card in the days of Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens). It has biting commentaries about the film industry, but a much bigger heart when it comes to the relationships forged between fathers and sons.

At a special event held on behalf of Chef in East Austin, I was able to jump on a replica food truck, a prop similar to the ones used in the film. My review of Chef is above. I hope you dig it!

Iím running to Veronica Mars, followed by Seth Rogen and Zac Efronís Neighbors. Coverage of those two films will be on the site later. In the meantime, scan our guide to the 10 Canít Miss titles playing this yearís festival, and tell us which movies you are hoping we cover. Maybe it will alter my flexible schedule!
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