A few weeks ago, I saw Chef, and I'm still obsessing over it. Literally the day after I saw it, I already wanted to see it again. Yes, it was that good. It was just a really entertaining, uplifting, heartwarming movie, and the storyline was fantastic. Jon Favreau wrote, directed, and starred in the movie, and I think it was such a great representation of his genius. I was sufficiently impressed. Chef is about a very passionate and acclaimed chef at a restaurant with an owner who won't let him experiment and flex his artistic cooking muscles in the kitchen. One poor review from a famous food blogger, a few twitter wars, and one infamous viral video later, the chef ultimately he loses his job. Through his struggle to find an alternate source of income while still fulfilling his passion for creating incredible food, he opens a food truck and finds joy in cooking again while also repairing his relationship with his young son. It's heartwarming and lovely and I highly recommend it. Plus, it just made me want to cook all the things.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Garden State. A lot. The movie, the soundtrack, the whole shebang. It's perfect. When I learned that Zach Braff was working on a new Garden State-esque project, my countdown began. I knew it would be another completely perfect movie from his incredibly brilliant mind. Enough gushing? Get the picture? If you don't know the story behind Wish I Was Here and its journey to theaters, let me fill you in just a little bit. This is the very first movie to be entirely crowd funded, a fact that completely blows my mind, especially after seeing the incredible production quality that came out of it. Basically, Zach Braff wrote the screenplay and had his brilliant story idea all planned out, but the production companies all wanted to change things about it, so Zach Braff was like "No! See ya!" He started a Kickstarter campaign and raised all of the money to make the movie through donations from supporters and fans. This made the movie that much more impressive. The cast was flawless and the attention to detail was something that could have only been made possible by the out-of-this-world creativity of Zach Braff himself. Wish I Was Here is the story of a struggling actor with a wife (Kate Hudson) who supports their family through a miserable job, children at a private school they can no longer afford, and a father (Mandy Patinkin) who is rapidly losing his battle with cancer. His life hits a crossroads, but through homeschooling his children and repairing his relationship with his father, he begins to find the purpose in his life that he had somehow lost along the way. Eric and I were in tears through the entire movie. It was so gorgeous and inspiring and stuck with me for days after I saw it. Go see it immediately.
So now I've got the movie bug. After seeing these two, I'm having trouble staying away from the movie theater. Have you seen anything amazing lately?