Pig

Pig ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Forrest Gump meets Top Chef meets Grosse Pointe Blank meets Babe; I've seen plenty of laughably baseless comparisons floating out there, I figured I might as well throw my hat in. What the film essentially boils down to for me is a story about a man who has an almost supernatural ability to drastically alter the lives of everyone he encounters primarily through food, but also just his sheer presence—hell, even the kid whose bike he stole and yelled at will probably be telling that story years from now. What's truly miraculous about this film is that it works dramatically at all. Not only is the experience of eating heavenly food impossible to fully relay cinematically, but many of the film's best scenes don't work at all on paper, certainly not the climax where Robin's food brings a man fully to tears.

I absolutely loved the scene in the restaurant where the Cage causes the chef to have an existential crisis within minutes. Everything in that sequence is perfectly calibrated: Cage's subdued but menacing performance which has him casually delivering lines that visibly pierce the man's soul; the tonal balance which starts out almost comically absurd but becomes profound and emotionally honest by the end as we come to realize what effect Robin has had on this town; the way the scene is shot and edited, luring the audience in as it unfolds the layers of these characters, and only cutting back to Amir at the end when we're as stunned as he is. That one scene serves as a perfect example of everything I find so powerful and refreshing about this film which begins with a simple, familiar logline, but transitions toward something entirely different which really has no easy comparison.

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