The Hundred-Foot Journey: Movie Review

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“I’m Helen Mirren. All your arguments are invalid.”

How long has it been since we’ve all had an absolutely heartfelt movie? For the writer of this review, the last absolutely well made one – ironically enough, for this particular film which is being reviewed – was Chef. Taking into account, however, the way the film has been plated thus, the last movie this writer thinks the audience might have been swept up with would probably have to be Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo. Crowe’s adaptive account of a true story was filled with delicate frames, effortless performances and a fantastic background score to enhance the scenes more than anything else.

This is exactly where Lasse Hallström comes in. Apart from being a director of inherently feel-good films like Casanova and Chocolat, he’s known for his distinct style of presenting the movies he directs with beautiful, romanticized imagery that bodes well with the emotion the films have to send across. People who have seen the film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale would definitely agree to the above trademarks Hallström exhibits. Heck, I could definitely tolerate a film like Safe Haven, mostly because of the way the film was presented, with an succinct emotional core, slightly less cheesier than the usual bout of Nicholas Sparks film adaptations are translated to be.

But of course, Hallström isn’t the only trump card of the film. There’s Helen Mirren, who – from the looks of it – is all set to charm the audiences. But that probably wouldn’t be surprising because – in the words of an absolutely interesting food blogger I got to talking with before the film – “you simply can’t go wrong with Helen Mirren” (sic). The film could also mark a possible return to form of the Academy award-winning Indian music composer A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) in these waters, as most of the films he has gotten to composing for post 127 Hours hasn’t managed to critically deliver a similar impact-worthy blow.

The only probable fear is if the film would succumb to the tropes of such feel-good cinema he’s been making for a long time now, along-with the already looming possibility of culture stereotypes.

– excerpt from the review by Ankit Ojha

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