Movie Review: Roadrunner: A film about Anthony Bourdain 

February 27, 2022

Details from IMDB:

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

A documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel.


Initial Thoughts:

It's not something I ever thought I'd say but I have come to enjoy cooking shows (some more than others of course) and I suppose I may even be called a foodie. In any case, while this documentary is about a famous chef, really Anthony Bourdain became much more well known as a travel guy. Also, the fact that he was in Newfoundland (where I live) left no doubt that I would eventually see this documentary. Though in truth, it was free on Air Canada flight, and as I tend to do on flights, I watch movies and this got me to watch it last week.

Main Points:

Bourdain was certainly one of (if not the) most famous chefs in the world but what I loved about this documentary is that that was only the start of his story. As they say several times Bourdain was a storyteller and when he wrote (and got in the front of the camera for his travel shows), you really got to see what he loved and what he was meant to do. 

He's the kind of person that when you first hear about him you felt envious, you wish you had the kind of life where you could travel all over the world (and get paid to do it), try the most exotic foods, go to the wildest places, meet every kind of person you could imagine and achieve fame and fortune beyond what any ordinary person will ever have (most of his money was put in trust, this isn't discussed here though).

What you learn from watching this documentary, however, was that Bourdain struggled his whole life with depression, anger, obsession, anxiety, and perhaps low self-esteem.

The documentary really shows how much he was loved and how he touched so many people all over the world. It also shows how his extreme personality/tendencies (which I think were related to anxiety, I know from personal experience you can act REALLY strange when you're upset, not yourself at all) hurt and offended people close to him and those he worked with.

The film is sad no doubt (for obvious reasons) and I think it's great that in the end, it gives a very positive message for anyone who is struggling, you're not alone, there is ALWAYS someone you can talk to,  someone who can help.


Final Thoughts:


Ultimately his depression won out and Bourdain took his own life, that's a tragedy and it never should have happened. It's no good to blame anyone (other than him) but it is a valuable lesson for anyone watching it. If you can handle the subject matter I would highly recommend this, a solid 8 out of 10 from me. Please don't let young children watch this, I would say ages 16+ but perhaps younger if you watched it with your children. Like many talented people, he struggled and we lost him too soon.