Writer: Steven Knight (Screenplay) Michael Kalesniko (Story)
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Omar Sy, Sam Keeley, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander
Plot: Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Good Cooking Drama
Story: Burnt starts as we see Adam Jones (Cooper) a chef who has worked under the best before he blew it all with drinks and drugs, he cleans himself up, earns enough money and returns to London to take down Tony (Bruhl) restaurant and hotel.
Turning to his old friend Conti (Goodman) and working Michel (Sy), Helene (Miller), David (Keeley) and Max (Scamarcio) Adam goes in search for the next top chefs around London to work in his kitchen after saving Tony’s ass when the top food critic Simone Forth (Thurman) visits his restaurant. Adam is in search for his third Michelin Star.
Thoughts on Burnt
Characters/Performance – Adam Jones is the typical aggressive competitive chef, he wants to be known as the very best but is also on a redemption story. he walks the very thin line between being the best and being a complete ass toward the people who work for him. Helene is the next top chef without a reputation in London, a single mother that keeps her reach all her potential that Adam sees in her. Tony is a friend of Adam’s who reluctantly gives him a chance to turn his kitchen around once more. I do think the rest of the characters all play into the story perfectly too.
Bradley Cooper is great in this role, he gets to show he confidence, aggression and emotions through the film. Sienna Miller is good throughout but like the rest of the cast who all give good performance, they all do get over shadowed by Cooper’s performance.
Story – When you are a skilled person with talent can easily come off the rails and search for another chance in life. This is a story of redemption at the core showing you will not be able to run from your past but you can always change your future and the people you work with.
Comedy/Drama – This is a comedy drama that does take a serious matter and add little moments of comedy without being a laugh out loud attempted film.
Settings – Most of the film is in and around the kitchens the chefs work in, this is good because we get to see how chaotic the kitchen can be.
Final Thoughts – This film was a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be, I do think people can enjoy but I can also see why people will find it hard to get through.
Overall: Cooks up a delight that can be devoured by the fans.
While I enjoyed this film as well….I found myself completely loving “Chef” so much more,it just felt so much more joyful. “Love’s Kitchen” is also a nice gem of a film concerning a chef overcoming tough odds. Bradley Cooper is a fun actor to watch but I can’t stand Sienna Miller.
I preferred Chef too, if i am honest
I think Chef is one of those films you have to watch at least once a year,more if you are showing it to a person who hasn’t seen it.
I have seen this movie – and enjoyed it – but as is the case with films where the main character has a history of drug abuse, and throwing away their careers, it always makes me nervous to see them have success – I guess because I am always thinking in the back of my mind, they will slide back into that dark place again, and undo all the gains they have made!!