Movie Review: A well-plated film - Burnt.
CHEF films are either forgettable or sublime, and although it seems like US audiences snubbed this one, there are many reasons why this John Wells film makes for interesting viewing.
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all - and then lost it.
A two-star Michelin chef with 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.
It is also interesting that Adam's battle to finally overcome with his addictions (drugs, alcohol, sex) are portrayed in an upbeat way. There is no strong dramatic tone in his internal struggle.
The issue with this film is that although Cooper is a good actor, Sienna Miller and Daniel Brühl do a much better job in their parts and that makes the film feel a bit strange.
Sienna Miller shines as the understated and down-to-earth Helene, the single mother chef with professional aspirations but grounded by her daughter.
Actor Daniel Brühl plays Tony, a Spanish-born sommelier ("the best in Europe") who helps Adam to get back on his feet.
Although known as a German actor (his father Hanno was a famous TV director in Germany, although born in Brazil), Daniel Brühl was actually born in Barcelona, so his portrayal of Tony includes interjections in perfect Spanish slang and accent that are hard to miss.
Omar Sy, Lily James, Alicia Vikander, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson are also part of the cast with small but intriguing parts.
Real kitchen experience
Cooper claims the actors performed their food prep scenes with all the hazards of a real kitchen, including flaming stoves and sharp knives.
Also, real chefs were cast as extras in the kitchen, putting pressure on the actors to keep up.
The story had enough small twists to keep us interested and the cinematography is fantastic.
This is an unassumingly good movie with a good cast and an interesting storyline.
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl
Director: John Wells
Reviewer: Javier Encalada