‘Chef’ Trailer: ScarJo and RDJ Help Jon Favreau Get His Spark Back

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 7th, 2014 at 2:06 pm,

Jon Favreau’s last two directorial outings – Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens – prompted a number of complaints about how the films suffered from studio interference and having to serve too many masters, which gave rise to bland final products with little exciting flavor. That his next project, the indie Chef, revolves around a kitchen artist whose boss wants him to serve up generic dishes instead of edible concoctions that he is truly passionate about making, well, that’s probably not an accident.

Favreau wrote, directed, and stars in Chef, about a divorced LA cook who sets out to reignite his creative spark, with assistance from his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and her wealthy new husband (Robert Downey Jr.), as well as encouragement from his co-workers, like his buddy John Leguizamo and his part-time lover Scarlett Johansson. Such are the benefits of being the director, when you cast yourself in your own movie and bring along your celebrity friends for the ride.

The first clip from Chef dropped online a month or so ago, but now a proper for the trailer is available for viewing. Said theatrical preview recycles some of that same footage from before (see: Favreau’s ill-advised Tweet in response to a damning review by an irate food critic, played by Oliver Platt) while also offering a basic, yet thorough outline of the film’s straight-forward narrative, in addition to showcasing even more of the improvisatory banter that is Favreau’s calling card (going back to even before his Swingers days in the late 1990s).

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The positive critical blurbs in the Chef trailer are from reviews written by those who caught the movie earlier this year, when it premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Conference and Festival. As indicated before, the subtext of Favreau’s latest project seems to be pretty transparent, yet early reviews like Variety‘s argue that the film is “something far too entertaining to be dismissed as self-indulgence,” no matter what the intention was behind making it. Other reviews agree that this is the first Favreau project since Iron Man where his enthusiasm properly shines through, as Geek Nation writes “To paraphrase someone in the film, it seems like Favreau is cooking for himself again.”

Such claims are encoring to hear, considering that Favreau will return to the world of mainstream tentpoles with Disney’s The Jungle Book arriving in 2015 (and possibly the studios’ Magic Kingdom movie after that). Whatever else the future may bring, it seems we have a fun Favreau dramedy to look forward to this year.


Chef opens in U.S. theaters on May 9th, 2014.

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  1. he’s back

  2. Looks funny enough, I’ll check it out.

  3. Favreau and Downey Jr. should do another IM4, having Jon as director once again; should another IM story were to be filmed.

    This film seems worth watching.

    • Dude, f*&% Iron Man.

      this movie has the potential to be a hidden gem in film. Smart, dynamic, and insightful.

      Here all you are looking for is some flashy gimmick. Iron Man in 08 was fantastic.
      Time to move on to other films. Expand your mind padre.

      • OMG, how dare he like something that is mainstream. Pssshhhhh…

  4. I love how Favreau casts two of the hottest women in the biz as his ex-wife and his gf. Bravo Favreau…Bravo. Lol.

    Film looks like fun actually. I’m gonna check it out.

  5. It looks like it could be fun. The trailer gives away a lot of the plot however and you feel like you’ve seen it already, but it seems well written and well made. Any film that advertises itself as food-porn with the title Chef recommending to not watch it with an empty stomach should not disappoint.

  6. So Happy Hogan, Black Widow & Tony Stark are back together again?

    • Except now Happy Hogan is banging Black Widow while Tony Stark is banging Happy’s ex-wife…

  7. As a chef, I already know I’m going to love the bejeezus out of this. With Vergara and Scarlett as the cherries on top!