Toast

Saturday, October 01 st, 2016 at 00:10 am 

Toast

JOY REVIEW

Toast is about a chef who grows up with a mother who can’t cook but dies and a father who takes up with another woman, who is a terrific cook, and gets all of dad’s attention. So, how fitting is this, the son decides — although he probably decided when mom was still alive — to become a good cook and the two of them become competitive. The acting is terrific in this, including some unknowns and also Freddy Highmore who plays Nigel as an older child like a teenager, and the terrific Helena Bonham-Carter, who plays the other woman who cleans for them. If you’re a Brit, apparently you know of this guy. If you’re not a Brit, you don’t and so you care a lot less. But everybody’s impression coming away from this was – and I suppose it says what a good job the actors did — is that kid was a snob. I mean, we view the Brits as being much more sophisticated than we are, but basically they’re much more class-conscious than we are. The idea of a middle-class guy marrying his cleaning lady is unheard of, though I actually know people who have done it in this country, but it doesn’t cause the same fuss that it does there. I thought the acting was good. You don’t actually care about the character too terribly and it goes on for a very long time given the fact that we’re really just talking about cooking. But I would give it two and a half stars.

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