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Double Feature Review: Chef and Transformers: Age of Extinction

I may start reviewing DVD's a little more on this blog.  I recently watched, Chef and Transformers: Age of Extinction on DVD, so I'm sharing a short review of each movie today.

Chef

Chef Carl Casper's career implodes in the space of a week thanks to a poor review from a prestigious food critic, his own misunderstanding of the nature and lightening speed of social media, and a boss more concerned with the bottom line than with serving cutting edge cuisine.  Left jobless and without any future prospects for employment, Casper travels to Miami with his son and ex-wife.  But Casper's misfortunes are blessing in disguise because they allow him to return to developing and cooking new recipes rather than remain stagnant in a stifling job.  In Miami Casper buys a food truck, and he's finally happy again--he's serving food that he believes in, he's working with his best friend, Martin, and he's re-connecting and bonding with his son, Percy.  Once Casper gets the food truck up and running, works out the menu and builds a stellar reputation in Miami, it's time to hit the road.  With Martin riding shotgun, and Percy harnessing social media to build anticipation and herald their arrival in each new city cross country, Casper embarks on the journey back to L.A.

The scenes at the beginning of movie that depict Casper's career spiraling out are painful to watch.  Once the action moves to Miami, the movie gets better.  One question I have that bothered me through the entire road trip part of the movie: how did Casper get so quickly the proper permitting to operate in each city he drives into?  This wouldn't have occurred to me had they not made a point of showing that he had a permit in Miami.  This is a heartwarming, humorous movie with a helping of appreciation of good food and good family.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

This is the fourth Transformers movie, and while they've gotten a whole new cast, this is a sequel that follows up on the aftermath of the events that destroyed Chicago at the end of the preceding installment.  Age of Extinction inhabits a world in which all transformers, even the autobots, are outlawed, any contact between human and alien is illegal, and a shadowy black ops arm of the government hunts down, captures, and neutralizes all transformers at all costs.  Unfortunately, for reasons that are never fully explored, the CIA man in charge of the black ops team and his minions have become corrupted zealots in the battle against transformers.  They don't care who they have to kill or what unsavory alliances must be made to rid earth of the aliens so long as their mission is accomplished and the means by which they accomplish this mission remain secret.

Cade Yeager's bull headed insistence that his daughter not date becomes old and insufferable pretty quickly.  However, any sympathy that Yeager's daughter's secret boyfriend, Shane, garners is just as quickly squandered when Shane whips out a copy of Texas' Romeo and Juliet law that he just so happens to carry around in his wallet. The movie run time is about 30 or 40 minutes too long and Shane's Irish accent sometimes sounds Australian.  The bottom line is this: if you're a fan of Michael Bay's Transformers movie franchise, you will like this movie too.  Everyone else should probably steer clear.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie

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