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Burnt – A nice movie about food

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In general, people are normally more forgiving when it comes to movies about food, or movies that feature beautifully plated food. After all, even if the movie sucks, there is still the consolation prize for wasting the few hours of your life, which is the chance to marvel at and drool on plates of delicacy that you may never be able to see and touch. Add to the equation the handsomeness of Bradley Cooper, and you have a perfect formula for success, no matter how good (or bad) the movie is 🙂

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Anyway, that does not mean Burnt sucks so much that it needs to rely on the look of the food and the actor to survive. In fact, the movie is quite a nice, relaxing vibe that can pass the time quickly and sweetly. The beginning may be a bit abrupt and confusing, since not much was mentioned about the context of the star chef played by Bradley, but not much time is required to catch up on the theme since it’s quite straightforward and easy to figure out.

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Basically, the whole movie is the road to redemption of Adam Jones, a former star chef who fell from grace and got embroiled in lots of problems with drugs, girls and alcohol. The ending was a happy, rounded one, and even though the story may be a bit simple and predictable, the acting was spot on, and the shots were beautiful. The food really shone, and the few minutes they appear on-screen were sufficient for us to silently swallow our saliva in a failed attempt to hide our deep lust to dig in and finish everything on the plate at one go 🙂

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I don’t know how Bradley prepared for this role, and what training he received in a real kitchen, but he was quite natural in the kitchen setting. He looked really like a chef, especially when he focused on plating the dish and making sure that everything was perfect before sending the food out. As for his temple flare, it may be a bit exaggerated, but I could relate to his stress level, his nervousness and his burning desire to prove himself again, to earn back his stars and to get back on the road that he once fell off. And he looked very much like Gordon Ramsay during the cooking shows on TV, so there might be some truth in all those nasty behaviours after all.

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All the dishes featured in the movie looked simply stunning, and it was hard to resist planning for the next fine dining session, just to be able to experience something similar for real. That standard of dining surely does not come cheap, but for a once a year experience, I believe it’s OK to splurge a bit to really get a truly deserving and unforgettable experience, rather than trying to skim back and then wasting money on something that was not much better than similar home cooked dishes.

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Starring opposite Bradley is Sienna Miller, who played his sous chef cum right hand woman. I have not been very impressed by her acting so far, but this time she was OK, above average by a safe margin. She was fierce, of course, how can you survive in that adrenalin charged environment if you are soft. But at the same time, she was also incredibly sweet, caring and understanding. She complemented the main man really well, and they formed a great chemistry, in and out of the kitchen. She looked stunning beside Bradley when they went to another restaurant’s opening, and although she did not have much screen time, she made good use of it and built the character wholesomely. Good job, Sienna.

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This is Adam’s ex-lover and the daughter of his culinary teacher. They seemed to have a dark intertwining past but it was never clearly mentioned or explained in details. She did not appear long though, but she was really beautiful.

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This must be the best and most popular quote in this movie. It really defines fine dining very well. After all, fine dining is an art, not a necessity, and you need to go to a fine dining restaurant with the same mindset and mental preparation that you do before going to a famous museum or exhibition. That way, you will be able to get over the hunger pang, which may kill off your appreciation of the effort put into the food, and saviour and enjoy it with all your heart, mind and senses, and that is what makes the whole experience worthwhile.

 

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