Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Film Review: Burnt

I was initially surprised to see Bradley Cooper star in a film playing a chef, something that he hasn't really done before. Burnt was released on October 30th and I went to see it on the 2nd of November. I went in without reading any information on the film and going in with an open mind. I am a fan of Bradley Cooper's acting, so I felt like I wasn't going to be disappointed.

"Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his career on hold. After moving from New Orleans to London, Adam gets a shot at redemption when his former maitre d' (Daniel Bruhl) reluctantly hires him as the head chef of his fine-dining restaurant. Demanding perfection from his newly formed staff (Sienna Miller, Omar Sv), the acerbic and temperamental Jones gets a second chance to fulfill his dream of earning a third Michelin star."

I walked out of the theater impressed with what I just watched. I actually really enjoyed the film and thought it was put together really nicely. You kind of develop a love/hate relationship with Adam Jones (Cooper) because you realize what he's been through and know he means well, but damn is he sure an asshole in a few scenes. My review: I give it a B.

I was shocked with the "professional" reviews that it received because I felt like they were WAY off. But honestly, I never read film reviews about a film before I see it. Everyone no matter what, will always have a different opinion. As long as you think it's something you'll like then go see it. I'm not giving out Oscars here! Just giving you a little information about the film and what I thought about it personally.

I wanted to share a few film reviews down below by critics from all over, to give you a better idea of what I'm talking about. I'll include the trailer as well, so you can watch that if you haven't seen it yet. Let me know if you've seen Burnt, and what your thoughts are!

Director: John Wells 
Rating: R (for language)
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes
Screenplay: Steven Knight
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly)
“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.”
Tom Russo (Boston Globe)
“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. It’s a variation on Chef, but also on the twisted spirit of Whiplash, in a way, only with haute cuisine, mainstream gloss, and a conveniently tidy wrap-up.”
Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune)
“The film doesn’t lack for conflict; Adam has drug dealers on his tail, and an ex-lover (Alicia Vikander) who pops in from Paris. But only Emma Thompson, doing what she can in a few minutes of screen time as Adam’s wise recovery counselor, adds the ingredientBurnt otherwise lacks: a human pulse.”
Neil Genzlinger (New York Times)
“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.” 
Mick LaSalle (San Francisco Chronicle)
“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. In a food porn movie like this, if a Whopper with cheese is the most delicious thing up there, there’s a big problem.”
Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times)
“As an often cliché-riddled tale of redemption on the big screen,Burnt is the equivalent of a sleek, well-lit, trendy restaurant serving up a mildly creative dishes on an otherwise predictable menu. (OK, also predictable: critics unable to resist food metaphors in their reviews ofBurnt. Guilty as charged.)”

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