Tasting Menu (Menú degustació)

[3.5 stars]

Honestly, the extra points for this film are for the food design, which is glorious. The story itself is definitely engaging on its own, but it’s fairly standard. Like the food being served, the story is a collection of smaller tales that come together into something a bit larger by the final course. It’s all a bit soapy, but it has plenty of humor and mystery to help drive it forward.

Director Roger Gual pulled together an international cast with such folks as Fionnula Flanagan (Song of the Sea), Stephen Rae (Greta), and Andrew Tarbet (This is Wonderland) on the English speaking side and Jan Cornet (Mallorca Files), Vicenta N’Dongo, Togo Igawa, Marta Torné (Night Manager), and others on the Spanish and Japanese side. The combination provides a range of humor from the farsacle to comedies of manners.

But what pulls together all the bits and pieces as we jump from story to story, even as they intersect, is the food. It’s a feast for the eyes as much as one for the senses (even if we don’t get to taste it ourselves). So go for the humor, stay for the meal, and enjoy it for what it is: a light comedy that will leave you feeling reasonably full.

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