Friday, October 30, 2015

BURNT (B-)

Dishing out generous servings of back-of-house, culinary-staging abuse, Bradley Cooper gives a firecracker performance as a once-great chef given a second chance…  The movie itself may be overstuffed, clich├ęd and more than a little melodramatic, but the behind-the-door mechanics of how a high-end kitchen lives, breathes and dies based on customer and critical feedback is endlessly compelling.  Food, as expected, is highlighted quite nicely here but the main ingredient missing is the love for each dish – no matter how small (like the expert grilled cheese work done by Jon Favreau in last year’s superior, CHEF).  BURNT makes for a breezy watch, but it still could have used a pinch of restraint and a dash of affection…  Still, I’d recommend – at some point – you check out what B-Coops is cookin’. #BRADtatouille #SilverLiningsCookbook

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy and Daniel Bruhl
Directed by: John Wells (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and THE COMPANY MEN)
Rated: R
Running time: 1hr. 40min.
Story: Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). [TWC]

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