Burnt film review

UK release date: 6/11/15

Runtime: 101 minutes

Directed by: John Wells

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Sam Keeley, Alicia Vikander, Matthew Rhys, Lily James, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson

Burnt fails to turn up the heat. <- Though that up all by myself, impressive, yes?

This is actually categorized as a comedy drama. It’s not a comedy at all, in fact, it’s barely a drama.

Adam is on an apparent quest of redemption after screwing up a good thing in Paris.

You only learn of the back story of this film by a quick summary by some of the characters, which left me unable to form an emotional connection. Sounds bad, but I didn’t experience it to actually care.

The film feels too shallow and the conflict seems solved to easily. There seems barely any at all. The film focuses on way too many elements, leaving me entertained, but detached from it all.

If it wasn’t for Bradley Cooper’s performance, this film would’ve been like a plate of cold chips. His character is an arrogant turd and he plays faithfully to that part. He doesn’t suddenly become perfect because he’s trying to fix his mistakes. I like that.

Sienna Miller who plays Helena is brilliant too, but I felt like her character shouldn’t be there. She took the focus from the true story. The character who were important to it were pushed to the background. She added nothing to the story and, in fact, even took away from it.

It leaves me wondering if filmmakers feel as if they feel pressured to have a female representation in their movies when one isn’t needed. I would say visa versa, but I don’t get that impression.

It was interesting to watch the food prepared and see it all pretty. I always wonder why the portions are so small? Those people cannot be satisfied with that. Double it and maybe we have an actual meal! Or just give me a Mc Donalds.

To sum up, story has no focus, Important characters left in the background, no emotional connection, what was it all about?

Was it worth the watch? Not at the cinema. Wait for it to come out on TV.

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 3/6


2 thoughts on “Burnt film review

  1. afishcalledmatt 10/11/2015 / 8:19 pm

    Those cheesy intro lines to your reviews though… ☺

    Liked by 1 person

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