This film is spectacular. As one who felt I related to a lot of it despite the difference of time era, it summed up not accepting what life throws at you. You don't have to put up with others if they treat you badly and this is a huge theme people should spread more. You can be whatever you want if you put your mind to it and don't let anyone stand in your way. This film was hard to watch at times for it's flashback's to my own life but definitely glad I found it.
Warm, tender, evocative, multi-layered and wonderfully acted (by TheLittleSongbird)
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting something this good when I tuned in to watch Toast. While it doesn't quite make my favourite dramas of all-time list, it is for me one of the better programmes airing over the Christmas season. Is Toast sentimental? Yes, in a way I suppose it is. But it is also warm, gentle and tender, not to mention evocative and multi-layered. Toast looks wonderful certainly, as the production values and period detail are really quite pleasing. The photography is very skillful, while the scenery and costumes are beautiful. In general, I did like the music. <more>
It did occasionally get a tad over-bearing, but in its more subdued moments it was quite charming and quaint, very like the drama itself. The script is always touching, honest and funny, while the story is engaging throughout and the pacing and direction are also spot-on. The acting is perfect across the board. Oscar Kennedy is wonderful as young Nigel Slater, and while Freddie Highmore as his teenage self is good Kennedy was better. Ken Stott is also winning as his father, and Victoria Hamilton is very touching. Helena Bonham Carter also gives one of her better performances of late. All in all, this is a very absorbing and beautifully done drama. 9/10 Bethany Cox
Toast is the story of renowned food writer Nigel slaters childhood experience with food or really lack there of. Based on his autobiographical novel of the same name. Filmed in almost permanent amber hue of childhood memories, and with a better than average quality of weekly drama the BBC like to pump out. Firstley Nigel's mother has no love of food, she hate's fresh veg they have dirt on them and any thing new or foreign sounding. She boil's tined food in there tins in water in a over-sized pan and hate's every moment of it. This really vex's poor young Nigel who find <more>
passion in food & cooking. His first taste of food knowledge comes form the hot male gardener. Whom tender's there garden and Nigel likes to spy on him as he gets naked in the shed from his day in his work clothes. Soon enough Nigel's long suffering mum dies of a Asama attack. And Nigel's dad employs new cleaner Mrs potter Helena Bonham carter In reality this reunites actors Freddie high more older 18 yr old Nigel with Helena Bonham carter for a third time,they first worked together on women talking dirty when Freddie was 7,before Helena played his mother in Tim Burton's Charlie and the chocolate factory.Nigel and Mrs potter hate each other on sight,being nothing like Nigel's mother, Mrs potter swears, smokes and cooks well, the latter you think would help them find common ground but no. They battle it out lot's of fun to watch by the way for his dads affections.And as Mrs potter Nigel's dad get together and all 3 move to the countryside much to Nigel's destine,he finds work in a local pub as a kitchen hand boiling bags of frozen food for 20 Min's a piece . He meet the owners boy who's a whizz in the kitchen and quickly fall's in love. i don't want to give much more away than that really but watching toast was a delightful treat from the BBC and the only thing i have not deleted from my planner after watching this Christmas.all in all a great drama 9 out of 10,thank you.
A culinary competition for affection (by a-deards)
A well written and excellently acted story of Nigel Slater's growing up and the competition he has for his fathers Ken Scott affections with his father's second partner / wife played by Helena Bonham Carter.Nigel's desire to cook as a teenager is fun compared to the sombre start which covers his younger years and the death of his mother whose culinary skills were somewhat lacking.Having got bored with the family Nigel turns to working in a pub where he meets his first boyfriend Stuart, a trainee ballerina.A tragic ending has Nigel's father die leaving him with his enemy <more>
before moving to London to become a chef at the Savoy.Great British drama in the vain of Billy Elliot and written by Lee Hall Billy Elliott's writer.
Very refreshing journey through 60's Britain! Brilliant Cast, Brilliant Storyline! (by Cherry-Chopstick)
I loved watching this very nice trip into the past! The way all the actors portrayed their characters was amazing. Particularly Helena Bonham Carter is great in this movie! Watching the title character, Nigel, progress throughout the film, discovering himself as well as his love for food, made the film a lot more interesting to watch. Apart from that, the different types of food being cooked made you long for a taste! The only down point of the movie, was the abrupt ending. In the last five minutes so much happened, that should have needed to be explained more. It would have been nice to see <more>
what happens next, after Nigel started his new job, after leaving his home and Mrs. Potter. All in all, "Toast" was a lovely trip into nostalgic, vintage Britain, with superb actors, and some interesting twists like Nigel realizing something important about himself and his identity Definitely a film one should watch!!!
I like this film....it's so refreshingly funny......this film was based on the food writer, Nigel SlaterMy only complaint is that Nigel Slater played by Oscar Kennedy as young Nigel and Freddie Highmore as teenager Nigel is such a bratty snob who looks down on his stepmother Joan Potter played marvelously by Helena Bonham Carter as a lowly cleanerHe should have given her a chance....... for in the beginning of the movie she is kind to him but the latter keeps on rejecting her so Joan develops animosity towards Nigel with good reason and instead of kindly asking Joan who is a superb <more>
cook the recipe for the Lemon Meringue, he secretly spies on her when she's preparing and baking the pie.......It doesn't say in the film that Joan is only after Nigel's father's money so why downright rude to her????????Entire cast is great