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‘The Menu’ is a new horror comedy starring Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy — here’s how to watch the critically acclaimed thriller


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ralph fiennes facing anya taylor-joy in a kitchen in a still of "The Menu"Ralph Fiennes and Anya Taylor-Joy star in “The Menu.”

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  • “The Menu” is a critically acclaimed horror comedy starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult. 
  • The movie follows a young couple who attends a lavish dinner party that takes a deadly turn. 
  • You can stream “The Menu” on HBO Max, or buy it to watch through services like Amazon and Vudu

Following a 45-day exclusive window in theaters, “The Menu” is now available to watch at home. The horror satire can be streamed on HBO Max, and is also available for purchase from Amazon, Google, and Vudu.

The movie follows Margot and Tyler, a young couple who gets invited to enjoy a special meal on a remote island by a mysterious celebrity chef. The menu is lavish, expensive, and full of surprises for the pair and their fellow diners, but little do they know that their luxurious meal is going to take a horrific turn. 

Check out the ‘The Menu’ trailer

“The Menu” is directed by Mark Mylod (“Succession”), and stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult as Margot and Tyler. The rest of the cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Reed Birney, Judith Light, and John Leguizamo.

How to watch ‘The Menu’

You can watch “The Menu” at home with a subscription to HBO Max. The movie is also available to purchase from digital retailers like Amazon for $15.

HBO Max subscriptions cost $10 a month with ad-supported streaming, or $15 a month for ad-free streaming. Both plans grant access to the full HBO Max library including feature films, exclusive shows, and originals. The ad-free plan also adds support for downloads and 4K playback for select titles.

If you’d rather not sign up for HBO Max, however, don’t fret: “The Menu” is also available for digital purchase from Amazon, Google, and Vudu for $15. Once purchased, you can watch the movie as many times as you want in up to 4K resolution.

If you’re willing to wait a few weeks, though, a cheaper rental option is expected in the near future. An exact release date hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s likely you’ll be able to rent the movie around the time it hits Blu-ray on January 17.

Can you watch ‘The Menu’ for free?

You can watch “The Menu” for free by scoring a free trial to HBO Max through Amazon Prime Video. Though HBO doesn’t offer free trials directly, Prime members can get one week for free through Amazon’s HBO Max add-on. 

Just sign into your Amazon Prime account and add the seven-day HBO Max trial to your membership — then you’ll have access to the HBO Max library, including “The Menu,” for one week, free of charge. The trial is only available to new HBO members.

Is ‘The Menu’ streaming on Disney Plus?

“The Menu” is streaming on Disney Plus, but only in select regions outside of the US, including Canada, the UK, and Ireland. In the US, the film’s subscription streaming rights are currently held by HBO Max. 

Is ‘The Menu’ worth watching?

As of January 3, “The Menu” holds an “89% Certified Fresh” rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Critics praise the film as a scathing, though somewhat shallow, commentary on consumerism and social inequality, full of enjoyable dark comedy.

With such positive ratings, “The Menu” is definitely worth watching, especially for fans of the cast, director, and genre. 

When is ‘The Menu’ coming to Blu-ray?

You can buy “The Menu” on Blu-ray starting January 17.  The Blu-ray will also feature a code to redeem a digital copy of the film. You can preorder “The Menu” on Blu-ray through retailers like Amazon for $20. 

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