Burnt, a film starring Bradley Cooper, was a nice way to forget about the troubles of the world for a brief time. Bradley Cooper’s character, Adam Jones, was the one with the troubles to overcome in this movie. The film opens with Jones finishing up his self-imposed penance for ruining many people’s lives in an earlier life when he was the head chef of a famed French restaurant in Paris. After he finishes this penance in Louisiana, he travels to London to make a fresh start. Apparently, Jones was not only a famed chef, but a famed substance abuser and womanizer. Now, he is neither, as he has given up substance abuse and women. He gathers some of his old friends and coworkers and tries to make a go of a new restaurant. His goal is to get three stars from Michelin and restore his reputation. Jones persuades a chef portrayed by Sienna Miller to join his new restaurant team. He also has to fend off a drug dealer to whom he still owes money. If you are enthralled with the world of starred restaurants, chefs competing with each other, and the camaraderie and family like atmosphere of haute cuisine, then you will enjoy this movie on a certain level. If you mix in a story of betrayal, forgiveness, acceptance, and friendship, you get an uplifting film.
Cooper was good in this very suitable role as a chef. He emanated the confidence and condescending nature of many chefs. He uses his fluent French in a few scenes as an added ingredient. Sienna Miller was fine casting in the role of single, struggling mother who is very talented and needs to give someone a chance to trust her, and Daniel Brühl is perfect for the role of maitre d’ Tony and best friend to Jones. There were some other well done performances by the supporting cast, including Matthew Rhys and Riccardo Scamarcio, as well as Omar Sy. Emma Thompson played an astute therapist trying to help Jones, and Uma Thurman had an extremely small role as a restaurant critic. I think the mix of cast made this movie better than it was, besides the fact that I was ready to see a feel-good film.