Friday, August 19, 2016

Movie Review: Burnt (2015)

Movie: Burnt (2015)

Director: John Wells

Writers: Steven Knight (screenplay) & Michael Kalesniko (story)

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Matthew Rhys, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, & Alicia Vikander.

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Adam Jones (Cooper) is a hot-tempered chef who has fallen on hard times and wants to start over again in London with a new restaurant to get his third Michelin star.

Here's a good rule of thumb...don't make movies about cooking.  The exception being if they're animated.  Movies about cooking just don't translate, it's as simple as that.  Shows about cooking...sure.  Top Chef, MasterChef, Chopped, Kitchen Nightmares, and 1,000 more are perfect for a TV concept where you can go into one restaurant for a week or have a quick competition.  But movies about cooking are just plain not interesting.  Gordon Ramsey's schtick works because we know Gordon Ramsey from years of television, interviews, books, and basically every other form of entertainment you can think of.  It's hard to appreciate a movie about a concept that needs to be smelled and tasted in order to be fully appreciated for what it is.  Movies about artists can be enjoyed through sight.  Movies about musicians can be enjoyed through hearing.  The other senses are much harder to get across on the screen.  That's just a fact.

Just a couple quick notes on the people in the movie.  Not so much their performances in Burnt, but more about the actors and actresses in general.

I love Bradley Cooper but haven't loved some of the movie choices he's chosen as of Burnt or Aloha.  Fortunately, he's a hard worker and makes enough good movies throughout that it's hard to harp on the not-so-good ones.

I am a HUGE Daniel Bruhl fan.

Is it just me or does Sienna Miller never look the same?  Every single time I see her in a movie, I look up the movie after watching it to see who the girl was in it and am flabbergasted that it's her every single time.

American Sniper

Layer Cake


Mississippi Grind

I'm not even kidding, how is that the same person?

It's good just to see Matthew Rhys outside of The Americans.  He's uber talented and amazing in The Americans and deserves some other juicy roles.  This is a small start.

Rating: 4.5/10

P.S. I'll stick to Top Chef.