'The Hundred-Foot Journey'
(Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah, et al / Blu ray / PG-13 / 2014 / Touchstone Pictures)
Overview: The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant ... directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery!
Blu ray Verdict: The movie is entitled 'A Hundred Foot Journey,' and it's not just the protagonists in the movie who will embark on a journey, but so will you, the moviegoer. You will laugh, you will smile, you will wonder, and you will be immersed in the surroundings of a picturesque small town in the mountains of France where two beautiful (and delicious!) cultures clash, mingle, and eventually harmonize. In short, you will view a Hollywood – Bollywood fusion that is done so well that you will ask for more.
The movie weaves in lighthearted humor throughout, yet honestly depicts the awkwardness and tension between the newly arrived Indian family and the local French townspeople. The struggles faced by the Indian diaspora, so prevalent in Bollywood today, is explored with sincerity and comedy. Helen Mirren was great, but for me the star was Om Puri, who pulled off the role of an immigrant father to perfection.
Having grown up with an Indian father abroad, I know that the struggle of adjusting to a new country while holding dearly to your values and culture is not an easy one, and often results in a complicated mix of motives, values and ideals in those individuals. Yet Om Puri strikes a perfect note. His lines are probably the most memorable in the movie.
The fresh new faces of handsome Manish Dayal and beautiful Canadian Charlotte La Bon are added to this charming film based on love, food, marketing, cultural differences and acceptance. And here, Helen Mirren shows us she is a worthy match with American Merle Streep in their quest for challenging roles, that's for sure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.69:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Material of:
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY With Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey - The producers sit down to discuss their first collaboration in 30 years.
THE RECIPE, THE INGREDIENTS, THE JOURNEY - Enter the enchanting world of the film, with stunning locations, a beautifully crafted story, and food that will make you hungry for home and the spice of life.
ON SET WITH OPRAH WINFREY
COCONUT CHICKEN - See how this beautiful, Indian-inspired dish is made.