Movie Review "The Hundred Foot Journey"

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The Hundred Foot Journey is Dreamwork’s newest movie to be released on Friday, August 8, 2014.   Producers Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake, bring us a journey based on the novel by Richard C. Morais.  The Hundred Foot Journey is the story of the Kadam Family living in Mumbai, India.  A family tragedy and subsequent events send the family to Europe where they finally settle in France.  After a chance meeting with the beautiful Marguarite, a sous chef at the famous Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), the family finds the perfect location for their new restaurant,  Maison Mumbai.   The fact that it is only 100 feet across the road from the famous Le Saule Pleureur, the French restaurant belonging to Madame Mallory leads to conflict and chaos among the two restaurant owners.  Madame Mallory takes pride in running the beautiful and classy restaurant which caters to the high society and includes only the best cuisine and top kitchen staff, while Maison Mumbai, is a family owned and run restaurant, where every member of the family pitches in to prep, cook and run the establishment under the direction of Papa.

Son, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is the head cook and a culinary genius who was trained by his mother in the art of not just cooking, but feeling the food and knowing how to work magic in the kitchen.   His love of food and his expertise, lead to the culinary creations of Indian and French foods that will have the audience hungry and ready to try new receipes.

Papa Kadam and Madame Mallory, clash from the moment they meet and what starts out as a slow battle turns into a full out war in an attempt to outdo each other, win the customers and disrupt one another’s businesses.  Madame Mallory and many of the town residents are reluctant to welcome the Kadams, until she samples Hassan’s dishes and realizes his potential.  This results in a friendship between Madame Mallory and Hassan and an offer of the opportunity to work and tune his skills at her establishment. Hassan’s work at the Le Saule Pleureur, gives him the opportunity to grow his skills and earns him and the restaurant recognition.  An offer to work in Paris, sends Hassan on the journey of a lifetime, and earns him a reputation as a famous chef,  but the love of family and his feelings towards Marguarite, bring him home and back to the place where his skills are best expressed.

The Hundred Foot Journey is filled with the perfect ingredients for success. Mixing family traditions and loyalties with new beginnings, feuds and friendships and the love of food, the movie will have the viewers cheering for the success and happy ending for all. Don’t miss The Hundred Foot Journey, now playing in a theater near you.

My name is Loretta Garcia. I am a writer for SoCalthrills.com and Travel Specialist for Destinations in Florida Travel.  Follow me on Facebook for news, travel promotions and more!

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