Yet another anodyne rehash of that recurring favourite of a lazy mainstream: the little man taking on an establishment that will succumb to plucky righteousness alone. A self-satisfied and complacent work, one wonders if a fairy tale of a French restaurant struggling to gain a foothold in Bangalore
would have lazily caught the coat-tails of an already over-illustrated one-way zeitgeist. Doubtful.
Yet another entry in the 'haute cuisine' genre which is a passable time filler but not much more. The script by Steven Knight hits the right notes but contains no surprises. Performances are to type with Helen Mirren giving another no-nonsense twirl. Manish Dayal quite good as the young chef but Charlotte Le Bon is a little bland. Needed a little more spice.
I didn’t have to be a fan of Indian food, but this was quite tasty. The runtime felt rather too long, but every bit of scene was important for the entirety of its story. Though not to disappoint you, there’s very little focus on the cuisine than you might expect. There's more human drama than food. Lasse Hallström seem to have used the right ingredients. He sautéd some familiar blend of spices. Good flavor!
Can't wait for the sequel... "Hassan Spices Up Italy"
Some hot shot producers convince Helen Mirren to go along some unknow ethnic characters, and like Hassan's dishes expect to become this amazing thing. At times the drama was so unnecessarily intense that I didn't know if I was watching Food Network or a documentary on a colonial war
A pleasant surprise in the sense I was expecting something much worse. It's quite a simplistic tale filled with typical cutesy cliches, but it manages to work it out into something very watchable. The story would have been better without the last few minutes tho. Colorful, lighthearted, but forgettable. The best part was the relationship between the dad and Helen Mirren.
The captured joy of transpiercing barriers that divide us so much in current days, through one of the most intriguing life's forms of art - Gastronomy. The fascinating discovery of daily pleasures and simple details and how through them we can achieve a greater understanding of life and mankind. I don't know if its my neverending fascination of world's diversity that is influencing my views but it was worth it.