Anya Taylor Joy in McQueen at ‘The Menu’ UK premiere: lovely or meh?

The Menu looked like one of the craziest horror-dramas of the season and I was looking forward to eventually seeing it, but then Ralph Fiennes doubled-down on his JK Rowling bullsh-t so I’m wondering if I should skip it. For what it’s worth, Fiennes skipped the UK premiere last night and it looks like the producers are just going to sell the movie on the backs of Anya Taylor Joy and Nicholas Hoult. Fair enough! Take my money!

Anya and Hoult looked kind of amazing together – I know they have relationships with other people, and Hoult has a whole child with his partner, but damn, they’re really pretty together. Tall, beautiful people with cheekbones. Mmm. Hoult wore a fantastic suit by Tom Ford, with a lush velvet dinner jacket, basically. The dark purple looks great, and I love that Tom Ford still dresses Hoult for big premieres and red carpets (they worked together on A Single Man). Meanwhile, Anya wore Alexander McQueen. She has a Dior contract and I’m so used to seeing her in (some of the better) Dior looks, so this threw me for a loop. The color is great and I don’t hate the idea of a leather/vinyl dress, but the cut on this dress is horrible. The gloves… well, gloves are “in” right now. Eh. Anyway, pretty people looking pretty.

Photos courtesy of Justin Ng / Avalon and James Warren / Bang Showbiz / Avalon.

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  1. shanaynay says:

    Ugh! What’s with that facial expression in the first picture? She looks nuts! LOL!!

    • Elizabeth Phillips says:

      Has she had surgery to suck out her cheeks or something? That just looks off, lately.

  2. sparrow says:

    I really hate asymmetrical clothes. Whatever it is and whoever wears it, it just looks wonky and like it’s been zipped it up badly. Why ruin what could have been a great dress.

    • Liz Version 700k says:

      Thank you Sparrow I feel seen. I want to adjust the clothes so they are balanced…asymmetrical clothing makes me malfunction

  3. Lightpurple says:

    Very prom.

    • Eurydice says:

      Young Avengers prom.

    • MsIam says:

      I was thinking Pleather Bridesmaid. Or Barbie.

    • Josephine says:

      I was thinking “holy 80’s!!” I don’t hate it, mostly because that color is so fun. I would have liked to see her hair up in a high pony. I think the super long hair is not flattering on many people, and she’s so slight that it drags her down and looks cheap.

  4. Kaye says:

    She doesn’t look exactly . . . thrilled about something.

    She was amazing in The Queen’s Gambit.

  5. mia girl says:

    Nicholas Hoult is such a gorgeous man.
    And talented! Love him and Elle Fanning in The Great.

  6. smcollins says:

    Even though Nicholas Hault went through his “glow up” years ago my mind is still blown that he was Marcus in About a Boy! Which reminds me….time to watch it again soon (it’s up there with Love Actually as a must-watch yearly tradition).
    I don’t know what it is about ATJ, she’s striking for sure, but she almost looks like a living doll or something. In any case, not a fan of the dress. Love the color but that’s about it.

    • sparrow says:

      I love About a Boy, too. The scene where Hugh Grant’s character says something about measuring a day of nothing into half hour chunks. That really spelt out the boredom to me.

    • Surly Gale says:

      When I pull out the Christmas decorations (after Remembrance Day) I’ll watch Love Actually as it’s kept in the Christmas bin. I have just ordered ‘about a boy’ from so thank you for the recommendation. Haven’t seen it, didn’t realize it was a Christmas movie, so now part of the rotation.

    • a mascarada says:

      I absolutely love everyone in About a Boy. Nicholas Hault, Toni Collette, Natalia Tena and Hugh Grant… Gods, that’s his best movie. I’m always up for a rewatch.

  7. K says:

    Nicholas Hoult is giving Benedict Cumberbatch in the face.

    • ClaireB says:

      Yes! I thought it was Cumberbatch at first. Then I looked closer, and he looks like Cumberbatch and the Worst Chris had a baby.

  8. duchess of hazard says:

    I miss her teaming up with Law Roach, tbh. Hoult’s purples are lush.

  9. tolly says:

    I can’t get used to her new face. Whether it’s weight loss or that buccal whatever, the proportions look weirdly unnatural to me.

    • Normades says:

      Totally agree. She looked very different in the Witch. She now has what I call ‘Meth face’. Not to I insinuate that she’s on drugs but it’s something with the mouth and too prominent cheek bones.

      • sparrow says:

        I think she’s had something done, which is such a shame at her age because the distortion sets in now and forever more. I started The Gambit but stopped. I can’t get motivated with quirky stuff, but that is not to say she wasn’t great in it.

      • TrixC says:

        I don’t know if she had something done as I am rubbish when it comes to spotting plastic surgery, but she was pretty young in The Witch, and I know my face changed a lot around that age.

    • Kate says:

      Yes! She did something to her cheekbones.

    • Case says:

      She was only a teenager in The Witch. She clearly lost weight since then, maybe some of that was baby fat in her face.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree with Case, I think it’s age and weight loss, and she’s also in red carpet makeup here, likely with contouring and heavy blush to accentuate her cheeks.

    • Gonzalez says:

      She has lost a lot (like a lot a lot) of weight in the past couple of years. It’s something that happens when actresses blow up in Hollywood. She did say she was subsisting on Diet Coke, coffee and cigarettes in an interview fairly recently.

  10. SarahCS says:

    I absolutely adore everything about his look. 10/10.

    As for McQueen these days, when I think back to the retrospective I went to at the V&A some years back I just don’t see the connection from his (incredible) pieces to what the brand is now without him. Maybe time to bring in someone new?

  11. Lemons says:

    The very fact someone okayed this look with black heels tells me that someone is not working hard for her. I also wish she would move away from this bottle blonde look…at least the long long hair. The entire thing feels off. She’s too beautiful for this and deserves better!

  12. Miss Owlsyn says:

    I love that suit. Menswear is usually so dull but damn I love that suit and the man wearing it is pretty nice looking too.

    But The Menu looks like a million other movies already out there so I’ll be skipping it.

    • BB says:

      I saw The Menu last night at an industry screening, and it is LITERALLY nothing like anything else out there. Don’t write it off.

      • Becks1 says:

        Is it more horror or suspense/mystery? It kind of reads like a bit of Agatha Christie to me or even Lucy Foley (the Guest List especially) so I’m trying to decide if its something i’d enjoy or not.

      • BB says:

        @Becks1 it’s hard to pigeon hole, but it’s the team behind Succession so the writing and direction are sharp, and the comedic elements are dark. Definitely a satire with horror elements!

  13. CTgirl says:

    From the color to the cut to the material this is a tragedy of a dress.

  14. Eating Popcorn says:

    This is not the look for her, it might not be a look for anyone. She is absolutely gorgeous and this does nothing for her. She doesn’t look like she is having fun.

  15. Lara says:

    They look amazing. I don’t like her dress but I love it on her, if it makes sense. She makes it work because she is beautiful in that otherworldly way and so effortless elegant by default. A dream for any stylist tbh.

    Ps: yeah Nicholas is hot but have you seen her actual boyfriend? Good God that guy is handsome and talk about cheekbones! Their look at the vanity fair after Oscar party was sublime, they absolutely ate.

  16. TrixC says:

    I can’t decide if I like the dress. It looks like a superhero costume but she is making it work, somehow. Nicolas Hoult looks amazing, there’s not that many men who can pull off purple velvet.

  17. Aly says:

    Nicholas’ suit looks so good. I was surprised to learn that he has same stylists as Tom Cruise and Chris Pine. I don’t recall Tom ever slaying on red carpet. Chris Pine…maybe once a year.

  18. Tina Loman says:

    I like her she stands out. The dress? It’s okay, but I rarely like Alexander McQueen. I don’t even blame Kate when I hate something she wears. I thought she should have branched out a long time ago. Nicholas Hoult is someone I never follow. I know everyone loves The Great. I’m just thinking he has a child and so does J.Law. I forget he was a dad.

  19. Gobo says:

    Forget the dress, what about that God Damn Suit? Eugh, Amazing. I love it. I’ve been lusting after a velvet suit for a while now and was leaning to green, but that purple looks amazing with that shirt. Perfect.

  20. Spicydragonfly says:

    For a dress of that color i would have preferred to have seen shoes that pop. some color to contrast with the blue. same with Nicholas – i love the suit but the color of his shirt clashes with the lovely velvet. but other than that they do look nice together

  21. one of the marys says:

    This makes her look like a blow up sex doll and him the pimp. His outfit is salvageable if he’s not standing next to her

  22. Case says:

    I think they both look lovely.

  23. jferber says:

    I like it on her. I still don’t understand how she reads a book a day (her comment) AND acts, reads scripts, etc. Is it speed reading? Are they very short books? I’m dumbfounded as a former high school English teacher. Just HOW?

  24. Molly Fulton says:

    He looks delicious. She looks a super hero – beautiful but too costumey.

  25. Another Anna says:

    This dress looks like if Jessica Rabbit and the blue plastic cup dress from the first season of Project Runway had a baby. To me, at least, it looks cheap and tacky.

    Also I really hope pleather starts to go away. It’s bad for the environment, it’s intensely uncomfortable to wear, and it looks terrible.

    I’ve never really vibed with ATJ; there’s something entirely too precious about her, for my taste. But maybe it’s just the J.Law Rule – she’s been so everywhere lately probably because she’s trying to strike while the iron is hot.

  26. jferber says:

    I also think she looks SO much better with red hair.

  27. Lisa says:

    Diet coke, coffee and cigarettes??? No wonder she looks miserable and gaunt. Big mistake. And the dress is tragic, truly. Another Hollywood treatment? This is why I prefer British shows. The actors are unique and real. So much more interesting and relatable. I feel bad for her, losing her magic and her health.

  28. Peachy says:

    She looks absolutely ethereal in a marvel superhero attends an 80s prom kind of way. The color is stunning on her. Am I the only on enjoying the fact opera gloves are in right now? I really love them and regret my life has become so rural in the last decade that I have no opportunity to wear them.