Burnt

by | Oct 30, 2015 | 0 comments

A Great Cast Pulls Off a Film with An Otherwise Timid Script

Let’s face it, who doesn’t like to watch food porn? All of the cooking and restaurant movies make the audience’s mouth water, be it a good film or not. You simply fill the screen with montages of cooking and you’re already guaranteed a good audience reaction. Burnt is Bradley Cooper’s newest film, and while it does make your mouth water, it averts from taking too much risks and it ends up being a simplistic and predictable film.

Burnt is the story of a down in the dumps chef: Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), who is trying to put his life back together after trouble with booze, drugs and women. After a supposed disaster in Paris, Jones banishes himself to Louisiana where he works cleaning out oysters. He is a two star Michelin chef, however, and thus he returns to London after some years to win his third star that would consolidate him in the hall of fame of chefs. In London he gathers old friends from Paris to remake his ‘dream team’ he also employs new and local faces in the forms of David (Sam Keely) and Helene (Sienna Miller). So Jones must now fight against his past addictions in order to reinvent and reinstate himself as one of the world’s best chefs.

Right off the bat, what stands out in the film is the spectacular cast that has been put together. There are the faces of Cooper, Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Omar Sy, and Matthew Rhys at the front of the film, but behind them are also great actors in smaller roles such as Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Lily James, and Alicia Vikander. Regardless to say, this is Cooper’s show, and he brilliantly excels at wowing us with his explosiveness and charm. The other actors do well to live up to his star power, and they end up being extremely balanced with one another.

The story and script, however, are a bit shier. Steven Knight, a more than capable screenwriter, wrote the script, but here he seems to shy away from anything too sophisticated in fear that it might turn out cheesy. This simplicity adds a bit of clarity to the film and allows the actors to shine, but it also makes the film lose a lot of its flavor (forgive the pun), so that it ends up being extremely formulaic and predictable. It also simply leans on a structure that makes it too similar to other cooking movies; I was more than once reminded of No Reservations in many of the character interactions.

So in the end it’s a very simple film to qualify. There was a shy script but the charismatic cast was able to pull off an enjoyable time; however, without a good story it’s hard to have a good film. 

  • OVERALL MOVIE RATING 64% 64%

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