Entertaining alternative to the summer blockbuster

As the director of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Cowboys and Aliens, Jon Favreau knows all about summer blockbusters. He also knows about being a critical darling and then finding mainstream success (see Iron Man),and losing some of his critical backing (see Iron Man 2 and Cowboys and Aliens). All of this is to say that Favreau is the perfect person to bring us Chef, a cinematic equivalent of the slow-food movement in a summer full of cinematic fast food franchises.

It is a summer film in the respect that it takes place when school is out of session and it is ultimately an uplifting feel-good film. But it doesn’t follow the typical blockbuster narrative.