What Happened to Tyler in The Menu?

April 3, 2024

A group of wealthy foodies are invited to a exclusive island restaurant by renowned chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) in the new horror-thriller The Menu. Featuring a stellar cast of actors including Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes, and Nicholas Hoult, the movie offers a searing critique on class division and social stratification. Its ending is a twisty one, but it also makes a lot of sense.

Tyler, a self-proclaimed culinary expert and the star of the dinner, brings Margot along with him to Hawthorn Island, despite her not being on Slowik’s carefully curated guest list. He mansplains every course to her, giddily snapping photos and gushing about each dish. But his snobbery gets him his ultimate comeuppance in a horrifically twisted way.

To humiliate Tyler, Slowik challenges him to prepare a course in front of everyone, and Tyler wilts under the pressure. His result is “Tyler’s Bullshit,” consisting of undercooked lamb, an inedible shallot-leeks butter sauce, and an utter lack of cohesion. Slowik then whispers something in Tyler’s ear, which leads to his suicide.

Though Tyler knew about Slowik’s murderous plans, he brought Margot to the dinner anyway. She was hired as his plus one after his original date broke up with him. As the movie’s climax begins, Margot reveals that she isn’t part of the diners’ group and escapes from the island on a ferry. Despite being a pawn in Slowik’s plan, he doesn’t kill her and lets her leave with his cheeseburger, which she devours as Hawthorn burns down.


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