Nicholas Hoult Demonstrates in The Menu, Pop Culture Is Destroying Us!
We can see Tyler, played by Hoult, is obsessed right away. Even though Margot doesn’t care nearly as much about the entire experience as she should, he chastises her for smoking since it would harm her palate. Tyler belittles Margot while occasionally inserting praises into his speech and continually attempting to convince everyone around him that he is an expert on the subject at hand. Nicholas Hoult portrays this smarmy self-importance to a tee; he’s that party guest who wants to show off how much he knows about a semi-relevant subject.
Tyler’s passion takes on a whole new level of ugliness once we find out that Margot is an escort that Tyler brought despite knowing she would perish. Tyler isn’t just prepared to give his life to consume the dish he has been drooling over for years; he’s also prepared to sacrifice an unrelated stranger for his own amusement.
As long as he can eat cuisine prepared by Julian Slowik, who is superbly represented by Ralph Fiennes, that would be the highest possible fulfillment of his dedication to his pastime. He is so enmeshed in his passion for food that his life and the lives of others don’t matter. After reaching the height of his fandom, he is so obsessed with his interests that he no longer sees the use in living.
I’ve met quite a few Tylers as someone who has participated in numerous fan communities for computer games, television series, and motion pictures. Iwasa Tyler, I assure you, that’s probably why I thought his portrayal was so humorous when I was a clingy teenager. It makes sense that you would cling to the things that make you happy or make you feel significant as you are developing your identity. It feels less like a part of who you are when you’re in your early 30s, like Tyler, and more like a lack of individuality or true character.
Because pop culture is so ubiquitous right now, it’s extremely simple to slip into this trap. Social media has only made this situation worse to the point that there is now a major discussion about the newest streaming service or video game every week or so, which usually devolves into users of that product arguing about basically nothing.
I’ve absolutely taken part in that, as have the majority of people that are enthusiastic about entertainment. It’s simpler than ever to equate your value with your devotion to other people’s art in a world where it seems like everything has already been done, found, and discovered. But unlike Tyler, most individuals aren’t that desperate to prove they’re the biggest Marvel fan by sacrificing their lives.
This isn’t some philosophical tirade about how meaningless culture has become. I love a lot of pop culture and was mostly raised online. I am the epitome of someone who is sucked into popular culture. I am obviously not above this or immune to it in any way. Tyler’s character simply made me laugh a lot because of how irritating, arrogant, and recognizable he was.
He is an overstated illustration of where we are going and the (hopefully exaggerated) outcome of contemporary fandom. If I look back on this post and think, Wow, only time will tell. It wasn’t over the top, but The Menu definitely got me to contemplate a little bit on how I interact with the media and how that affects how I see myself.