Burnt review: This is an undercooked film

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bradley Cooper loved his struggle in kitchen world.

Burnt is the latest of a recent surge in cooking movies, and most certainly the juiciest — after Chef and The Hundred-Foot Journey — thanks to the presence of Bradley Cooper in the leading-man role.Los Angeles: Actor Bradley Cooper, who worked in several restaurants before hitting showbiz, says he learned a lot about the culinary world through a hard way, but loved every moment of it. “I worked in kitchens and I was a busboy in a Greek restaurant when I was 15 and I was a prep cook in another restaurant when I was 18 for three months, where I was literally prepping all day long, the lowest in the totem pole of the brigade. “I felt like it was very hard, but I learned a lot and I felt the pain of being berated by the chef and I saw the hierarchy and the stress and the pressure.

Bradley Cooper is the type of actor who could make an interesting film about a man who sat around and read the Yellow Pages out loud everyday. (Are there still Yellow Pages?) He never gives a bad performance. In “Burnt,” he plays an internationally renown Chef, Adam Jones, who loses a fast lane career as one of Europe’s best and most talented culinary stars because of his addiction to drugs, and the resultant self-destructive behavior. “Burnt” is a redemption movie.

Once upon a time, Cooper’s Adam Jones was the toast of Paris, but a meltdown and multiple addictions forced him to the relative backwater of New Orleans while he licked his wounds. In the John Wells directorial, his character cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. “Whether I could have gone to the level that these characters are at and the people that I interviewed, god knows? He mends some burned bridges — with a well positioned maitre d’ (Daniel Bruhl) and a former rival (Omar Sy) — and discovers some new talent, including a beautiful single mother (Sienna Miller). Directed by John Wells (August: Osage County) and written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), Burnt looks extremely tasty, both in the kitchen and its deep and distinguished pedigree.

Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world. Cooper isn’t bombproof — see Aloha — but after American Sniper, he is one of the elite actors in Hollywood, with three straight Oscar nominations to boot. ”He’s one of the few actors who can convincingly play unlikable a-holes in the first act and end up earning your sympathy by the third — even if his hands are as tied as a Christmas roast as they are here,” write EW’s Chris Nashawaty in his C+ review. “It’s a movie that not only feels about 10 years too late, its message is basically that in order to be a great chef you have to be an arrogant jerk who treats everyone in the galley like crap. How else will they know you’re a genius? … The first half … is so stuffed with bad-boy clichés and arias of egomania it felt like a MAD magazine parody of Top Chef season 6. I almost felt bad for Bradley Cooper.” “Every thoughtful story beat and every well-observed character moment happens with such predictability and slick professionalism that the whole project seems smothered in bland sweetness. The film is food porn for sure, although not nearly as much fun as “Chef” with Jon Favreau, even though all his character made were the world’s best Cuban sandwiches.

Unfortunately, director John Wells (his past directorial work is mostly on TV) and screenplay writer Steven Knight (the man also wrote Hundred Foot Journey) focus almost entirely on Smith’s histrionics rather than tell his back story. I actively loathed this asshat for most of the movie, which made his comeuppance (a truly inspired one) more delicious….” “The movie has a problematic penchant for extremes, first asking us to appreciate its subject’s off-putting artistic perfectionism, then to root for his clichéd redemption.

But only Emma Thompson, doing what she can in a few minutes of screen time as Adam’s wise recovery counselor, adds the ingredient Burnt otherwise lacks: a human pulse.” “For a time the movie feels like a heist film, as Adam calls his old kitchen gang together; one is even just getting out of prison. … What follows is a decently structured story of personal demons and culinary competition, with a couple of nice twists thrown in, but it’s built with materials that at this point in the life cycle of this genre are mighty shopworn.” “The food cooked and created by the great Adam (Cooper) — and served up to us in Burnt — looks like the worst fancy-phony trend cuisine … I skipped dinner to see this movie, and the only time I felt a hint of missing something was during the scene when the chef, slumming, goes to Burger King. Of course, the way he rides bikes, poaches cooks and settles histories with former mates, you’d think he’s Rusty Ryan trying to hire for Danny Ocean’s heist team. Characters from his past keep flitting in and out – some guys he owes money to, a rich, attractive ex (Alicia Vikander) and a friend-turned-competitor. Guilty as charged.)” “Miller stands out — though there’s something dispiriting about the way she simply melts into our hero’s arms like butter in a sizzling pan.

These two actors do their best to generate legitimate romantic chemistry with underwhelming material, but Burnt gives them little to chew on aside from the usual scraps of undercooked material (and plenty of excuses for bad puns).”

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