3 years after screwing over many of his co-workers at the French restaurant they worked at, Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) has returned to make amends… and get his Third Star. Basically, he is back to achieve the culinary dream by getting a 3 star rating from Michelin review, but since he use to be an alcoholic and drug addict, he needs help from his old friends to make it happen.
Burnt is Bradley Cooper. He is bold, fast, smooth, and arrogant. Basically, he is every European chef there is. He expects and demands perfection and will yell and scream to get it, only to turn around and tell you how much he needs you the next day. Bradley Cooper does a great job with the character and is a pleasure to watch, especially if you enjoy many of the cooking shows on TV. However, I can see some people who watch cooking shows finding this movie boring because they have seen this kind of behavior many times before.
I’m not exactly sure why this movie go so many negative reviews. I mean, it’s not like this movie is great or awesome by any means, but it sure was engaging and entertaining to watch. The drama is decent and there are many moments that I would consider memorable. Cooper gives us a characters that is both someone to hate and someone to root for. We all like seeing “second chance” stories and this is it. I think it has a nice balance of charm and drama and will be one that many people will enjoy.
At the end of the day, this is a movie about cooking but has a deeper level to it. Bradley Cooper has plenty of inner struggles he must get over while trying to achieve success once more. The drama is good, the development is decent and I liked the character Bradley Cooper creates. I’m sure he is copying many famous people, but I don’t watch many of those shows so I enjoyed this from beginning to end. Co-starring Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Emma Thompson, Riccardo Scamarcio, Matthew Rhy, Omar Sy, Uma Thurman, Henry Goodman, Sam Keeley, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Alicia Vikander.
7/10 Stars – Bradley Cooper does a great job creating a character that mimics the great chefs around the world. Burnt is charming and crass all at the same time, and will please fans of cooking shows on TV.