The film follows a couple (played by Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) who travel to an exclusive restaurant located on a coastal island. There, chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu… with some shocking surprises in store for the night.
A bonkers, slick-looking satire here, with an intriguing premise and a strong cast. The film has an R rating in the U.S. for ” strong/disturbing violent content”, among other things, so expect some very dark turns as this cuisine experience unfolds. “Over the next few hours, you will ingest fat, salt, protein, and at times, entire ecosystems,” Slowik tells the patrons. As to what exactly will be ingested in the later stages remains to be seen.
The Menu is directed by Mark Mylod, whose credits include episodes of Succession and Game of Thrones, as well as Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Ali G Indahouse. The screenplay (once on Hollywood’s annual Black List, which showcases the most popular scripts still in development) comes from Seth Reiss (Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), who worked together at satirical digital media company The Onion.
Also starring Hong Chau, John Leguizamo, Janet McTeer, Judith Light, Aimee Carrero, Arturo Castro, and Rob Yang, among others, The Menu will open in U.S. cinemas on November 18th and Australian cinemas on November 24th.