The Hundred-Foot Journey follows the story of Hassan Haji (Manish Dayal), a young Indian man living not-so-happily in London with his family. Because of this, the family decide to move to France, where they wish to open up an Indian restaurant with the intent of introducing the town to their countries' foods. What they don't realise, is that across the road from their restaurant is the most popular restaurant for fifty miles, led by none other than the devious Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) who rages a food war with the Indian family.
The Hundred-Foot Journey, while far from perfect, is a sweet and enjoyable little movie. The film is one that manages to frequently bring a smile to my face. It's got plenty of problems, but not enough for me to classify it as a bad movie. In fact, it's a good movie. It's a heart warming and hilarious movie that's an enjoyable way to spend two hours. While it isn't a film that I see myself coming back to, it certainly was a blast while I was watching it.
Helen Mirren shines amongst an overly mediocre casting. Helen Mirren never fails to deliver in her performances, even in her bad movies. In The Hundred-Foot Journey she is clearly the best of the lot. Every scene she's in is just wonderful. While the supporting cast, and even the main cast, are far from terrible, none of them really shine. Manish Daval does fine, but nothing that boasts with talent. Charlotte Le Bon, who plays Hassan's love interest, falls flat, so much so that her accent is slacking on multiple occasions. Om Puri, however, is superb as Hassan's father. His character is charming and by far the funniest thing this film has going for it.
The film's flaws shine in the second half. The first half of the film, I had little problems with. It was a delightful half to watch, it's just the second half that I despise. Although it has its moments here and there, the second half feels like a completely new movie. There's a certain event that takes place, an event I don't wish to spoil despite being heavily advertised, which causes a few of the characters to change completely. Although one could classify this as character development, I felt as though it was out of place and certainly out of character. The half then manages to go even further into the new by pulling another change of plot, again resulting in the film coming across as something that has no correlation to the first half.
The film is very predictable. Not only is the second half a new film, but the events could be seen from a mile away. Right from the get go it was possible to work out how this film ends. The journey there is slightly different as to how I predicted it would go down, but this direction is not one that I'm fond of.
To sum up, The Hundred-Foot Journey is neither a masterpiece nor a failure. It's a delight while it lasts, but not one that needs a rewatch. Helen Mirren's performance shines amongst a predictable screenplay and a mediocre supporting cast.