Do you like watching movies about food? If you haven’t seen “The Menu,” it is time that you should. Here, PVP Live talks about the much-hyped ending of this movie in 2022.
Directed by Mark Mylod, and written by Will Tracy and Seth Reiss, it is a black comedy film whose story centers around a couple who journeys to a coastal island to dine at an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu. But with oh-so-shocking surprises.
“The Menu” features the stellar performances of stars like Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes – yes, Lord Voldemort – Nicholas Hoult, Janet McTeer, Hong Chau, John Leguizamo, and so much more.
The movie has been rated high by most critics, too. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a “Certified Fresh” rating of 88 percent.
One of the reasons perhaps why the film has been received so well is its ending. The movie may have been premiered around a year ago, but it still lingers in the viewers’ thoughts. Here, we chop the ending of “The Menu.” Disclaimer: spoilers ahead,
What Happened In The Ending Of ‘The Menu’?
At the end of “The Menu,” Chef Julian Slowik, together with what remains of his team, burns down Hawthorn with all of the guests – except Margot Mills – still inside. Mills manages to escape, watching as the place goes up in flames with Tyler Ledford and the other guests trapped within, making it appear that Slowik punished them for their excessive wealth and self-indulgence.
Indeed, it lives up to its genre of black comedy.
What The Ending Of ‘The Menu’ Actually Meant
Let’s zoom in on the ending of “The Menu.”
Unlike everybody else, Mills isn’t a foodie and isn’t known for her extravagant desires. In other words, she has simpler tastes. However, unlike other guests in the restaurant, she is open to challenges. Chef Slowik then prepares her a simple cheeseburger, not the painstakingly made meals he wishes to serve her. But, initially, when the killing stars, Slowik does not want to let her escape it.
So what happened?
In the movie, the viewers also learn that she’s actually an escort hired to accompany Ledford for the night.
Mills, despite being simple, manages to earn Slowik’s admiration, such as when she helps him recall the simpler days of his humble roots in the food business.
By the movie’s end, viewers see how the chef spares her and lets her leave. On the other hand, Ledford is humiliated.
The viewers also see how Mills is left eating her cheeseburger from the Coast Guard boat’s safety, reveling in the fact that her companions get what they deserve. Such a sweet moment. After all, she’s just an escort dragged into the scene.
One of the reasons why she gets spared and is allowed to live is how she triggers the nostalgia for Slowik’s past. At least for her, it is a happy ending. Plus, the cheeseburger symbolizes the chef’s humble past.
Though some audiences and theorists suggest otherwise, “The Menu” may be a black comedy, but the story is just so light everybody will love it.