Review: Burnt

Synopsis: Adam Jones is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behaviour. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
Director: John Wells
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl
Release Date: 22nd October 2015

AP: Burnt follows Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) as he moves about London, manipulating his past contacts into allowing him to create the best restaurant in London, in trying to get his third Michelin star.
I feel I should cut right to the chase; Burnt lacks flavour.

Not only does it have a truly unlikeable character at its centre, but it is also an extremely dull and monotonous film that bores rather than excites and delights the senses. A film like this requires copious amounts of food porn, but the dishes chosen were all to pretentious (much like its characters) for a movie that is supposed to be aiming for a broad and wide-ranging audience.
Bradley Cooper does little real acting in this role and barely gets his hands on any food at all. He channels his inner Gordon Ramsey and yells at his workers and sous chef, becoming almost physically violent to Sienna Miller‘s character. He’s not a character you can empathise with. You don’t want him to get his third fucking star. He probably barely even deserved his first two.
There’s also a terribly underdeveloped subplot where Jones (Cooper) is being stalked by some French drug lords because he owes them money. The story couldn’t be more lazy.
Wells has brought together an extremely talented secondary cast which includes the likes of Daniel Brühl, Emma Thompson, Alicia Vikander and Sienna Miller, but they’re grossly underused and given little material to really work with.

The film is haphazard in its construction, its scenes feeling out-of-order and like the movie was mainly made in post-production. It isn’t exciting or tantalising in its execution. The film score, undertaken by Rob Simonsen, is pitiful and dull, lullng you to sleep, particularly in the kitchen scenes where audiences should be on the edge of their seat. It makes for an all-round sloppy piece of work.

This movie is not haute cuisine. It’s takeaway.



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