Even a 2-Star Chef can get Burnt
Burnt: “R” (1 h. 39 min.)
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Omar Sy
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Foodies at the Dinner Table
With so many television food and celebrity chef programs out there, it really only makes sense that eventually someone would make a film about that entire genre of “entertainment.” To be sure, we personally are not only so totally not a foodie, but tend to believe that most of the cooking programs on TV are essentially food porn. Personally, we are of a mind that we would like to start a TV food program called Its food. You eat it! Still, we digress, and as this mildly entertaining film teeters back and forth from comedy to drama, it (like Jon Favreau’s Chef back in 2014) actually proves to be quite watchable. To be sure the comedic element in this film isn’t the side-splitting laughter or the supreme silliness of 1978’s Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
Personally, we see celebrity chefs as world-class prima donnas, and truthfully, after watching this film, nothing changes our opinion of that. Chef Adam Jones (Cooper) had it all — and then lost it. Jones was a two-star Michelin rockstar chef with the bad habits to match. So, as it turns out, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene drug use and manic drive for perfection caused him to implode, taking the restaurant and a number of his friends careers with him. Crushed, and realizing that he had hit rock bottom, Jones walked off the stage, sobered himself up, and sentenced himself to shucking a million oysters at a bar in New Orleans. When he finishes shucking his millionth oyster he heads to London in an attempt to regain his former glory as well as go for his third Michelin star. Now, he is attempting to climb his way back so he can, not only land his own kitchen, but score that third elusive Michelin star as well. To do this, he will need to gather together a new crew comprised of old friends as well as new.
The Great Chefs of Europe
What follows is a sometimes serious, sometimes humorous tale of a Prima Donna, celebrity chef and the Prima Donna celebrity chefs that make up his circle of frenemies. As Jones and each of the other chefs take turns yanking each other’s chains, and punking each other as they attempted to build up each of their own businesses at the expense of each other. We see them prepping food for the kitchen, bantering with each other and, yep, getting all up in each other’s lives. So, if you are a foodie, and/or you get excited watching food prepared (either on the food network or on film) then this is the kind of film for you, as they spend all kinds of time doing the prep work and trying out how it tastes. So open wide, and take a bite of this tasty tidbit of a film.