West End Film Club hosts a film screening every month at luxury club Century. This is on Shaftesbury Avenue and offers a welcome escape from the chaos, tourists and general noise.
The interior resembles a classy hotel and the friendly staff are a big step up from the curt, mumbling ones at most mainstream cinemas. The film room is especially lavish, with a silver ceiling being particularly eye-catching. West End Film Club is a great way to experience cinema, rather than crowding into a mainstream cinema.
The usual price of £5.50 offers unbelievable value for money. This event cost around £10 but it included a pork toasted sandwich, which was served during the film to coincide with a scene where they cook pork toasted sandwiches. This was delicious and made a lovely companion to my tasty Birra Moretti.
Jon Favreau wrote, directed and starred in this film Chef. This may have accounted for how unrealistically hot his characters girlfriend (Scarlett Johannson) and his ex-wife are (Sofia Vergara). Got a bit of an ego have you Jon? The plot follows a talented chef who becomes an unemployed Youtube sensation after screaming at a food critic who criticises his menu. What follows is a road-trip with his son as they launch a food van serving the food they love. Although this food was just a pork toastie word spreads through the nation and they are soon in demand.
Twitter must have part-financed this film as there was a tweet on screen about every 3.5minutes and it gave the message that if you tweet regularly your business will take off. The film did have a nice tone yet lacked believability or belly laughs. Dustin Hoffman and Scarlett Johansson both tragically have nothing to do. I’d give it 2 out of 5 in my humble opinion.
I’m planning to tweet this review to Jon Favreau and see if he responds with a foul-mouthed tirade of abuse as his character did. If the film’s representation of Twitter is to be believed then Mr Favreau will subsequently hire me to write his next film for him. I wait with baited breath.
Whilst the film wasn’t the best it was still a fun night because of the great service, food and atmosphere. Have a look on their website and grab tickets to their next screening in January.
Written by Martin Stocks | @Stocks1986