Let me get it off my chest straight away! I was burnt. Since I am quite fond of cooking I had hoped to learn something from the film and came away disappointed.
I also went because of two names that appealed to me. Bradley Cooper and Uma Thurman. Uma Thurman appears in two sequences and I was not impressed. I was also told by a good friend that it was a comedy-drama, which swayed my decision to go and see. I can assure you that unless my sense of humour has completely deserted me, there is no comedy in the film. Not even black comedy. Drama certainly is there, but not to the extent that could have saved the film.
Since it was a story about a chef I invited a restaurateur friend to come along and that was the only saving grace for the whole afternoon. That friend will now ensure that his wife who is actually a chef sees it to learn how not to be a chef.
The story revolves around the chef and everybody else is incidental to the film. Some great photographs of dishes like you would see on facebook posted by people visiting restaurants, showing the decorating process is all that appeals in the kitchen.
12 thoughts on “Burnt.”
Sounds like Chocolat was a much better film about a chef (of sorts). All the reviews of Burnt are so poor I shall give it a wide berth.
I looked it up and find it too mushy for my liking. I think that you are wise to give it a wide berth.
Please delete my first attempt and try this:
Thanks for the warning. I looked it up on Wikipedia, which said,
Burnt has received generally negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 29%, based on 78 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Burnt offers a few spoonfuls of compelling culinary drama, but they’re lost in a watery goulash dominated by an unsavory main character and overdone clichés.”
I will heed your warning!
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So, there, CM. I can write bad reviews too!
i’m not particularly a fan of either of those actors.
and most certainly not if it’s a lack luster work.
thanks for the heads up.
i STILL haven’t seen the one about restaurants and food that i WANT to see… because i do love the star’s work…
and that is the one with helen mirren… and walking across the street or something. two restaurants competing.
can’t remember the name of it just now. but i definitely want to see it.
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Have you seen Helen Mirren in The Hundred Foot Journey? Or Julie and Julia? I liked them both (cooking films) immensely. Ps. If you are into cooking do you know the fascinating work of Heston Blumenthal? I sent his book to my newphew for Xmas last year.
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I cook Indian dishes and rarely venture into other cuisines. Blumenthal sure looks interesting but I doubt that I can get anything out of his books.
it got quite bad write-ups in my local rag!
Nice to be in good company what?
After reading your post, I decided to skip the film even if I like films about chefs. I saw The Dressmaker, and Australian film with Kate Winslet. I loved it. You are having good influence on my movie choices.
I have heard good things about The Dressmaker from another Australian friend. When it is released here, I shall certainly see it.
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