Updated: May 29, 2019
"How you live your life is your business, just remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. And before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there's sorrow, pain. Don't kill it and with it the joy you've felt." - Mr. Perlman, Call Me By Your Name
I CAN'T, WITH THIS MOVIE!
It has a certain untouchable charm to it that simply pervades the whole movie. It’s funny, it’s cute, it’s dorky, occasionally poorly acted, and the food makes me hungry!
Gu Shengnan (Zhou Dongyu) is a sou chef at a hotel restaurant that going through a little financial crisis. Lu Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a CEO of an international hotel chain comes to examine and acquisition the hotel. Through food and unfortunate run-ins, Gu Shengnan and Lu Jiu form a relationship. Though they are complete opposites, eventually Jin lets Shengnan eat with him.
I have never been one for Romantic Comedies, most make me want to vomit with the bad writing and cliche story lines. I just want to vomit love and eggs after watching this movie.
They had so many opportunities to make this a good movie, and they took each one.
First off, the food looked SO GOOD on-screen. The way they would describe the tastes and the presentations of the dishes will have your stomach grumbling. There would be times they give a brief backstory of a plate and pair it with quick flashes pictures and videos of what they were talking about, that just made you go “Ooooo,” like a child in awe. And, I actually learned something! I never knew there were so many ways to make an Egg(like I'm shook)! And, I think if I watch it again, I'll be able to see how to make the “perfect” instant ramen.
Then, there’s the just the general cinematography and the colors used throughout really made this movie pop. It brought this otherworldly, almost cartoon-like, charm to the film and a really light tone, even when the occasional drama struck.
Zhou Dongyu did a fantastic job being the messy, erratic chef who had excellent chemistry with the critical and pretentious Takeshi Kaneshiro. I applaud both of them... and the dog.
A couple of long, dull moments throughout that makes you wonder if it’s at least halfway over, but then it picks back up again. And, a couple times that makes you think you are watching a high school play because they overacted, but I think that was the goal.
This Is Not What I Expected is exactly what you'd expect(and a little more), and you'll love it for it.
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
This honestly comes close to being one of my favorite movies. That man kept showing up at her door, and she at his, and you should be going out of yours to go see it.
You'll find this as a Golden Door and on my cookbook shelf too.