Movie Review: Burnt (2015)

Burnt (2015)
Directed by: John Wells
Written by: Steven Knight

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Burnt is much more than a cooking movie, that type of movie has already been done, it is about redemption and humility in the face of greatness. Directed by John Wells and written by Steven Knight, the two come together to create a movie that is filled with drama and edginess at every corner.

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top rated Michelin star chef cooking in Paris who had it all and threw it down the drain with drugs and alcohol. Now a reformed junkie, he looks to recreate the momentum he once had in the kitchen. When he walks into a restaurant, any room for that matter, his bravado and ego can be felt by all. He doesn’t play by the rules, it is what got him to achieve greatness, but he soon realizes that he has to pull back the reigns in order to succeed.

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Now living in London, he finds his previous maitre’d Tony (Daniel Bruhl) and makes a deal with him to allow him to take over his restaurant and do things his way. He promises he can transform his eatery into a place that all the critics will be raving about, but in order to do so Tony must take a chance on him.

His reputation still follows him everywhere he goes. In order to keep his spot, he must meet with Tony’s fathers’ analyst Dr. Rosshilde (Emma Thompson) and get drug tested on a weekly basis. Although Adam is reluctant he takes on the agreement and moves head first into the kitchen.

He hires a new staff and insists that up and coming Chef Helene (Sienna Miller) must work with him. The two have similar mentalities and he knows they can create beautiful food together. He also makes sure to inform all his old Chef friends, the ones he worked with in Paris under their culinary mentor Jean Luc; that he is back and ready to take on the food world. One in particular Reece (Matthew Rhys) now has a molecular gastronomy restaurant and is shaken up, enough to break tables and chairs at the news. Adam shakes up the culinary world and instills fear in his competitors, all who behave like little girls at the thought of being dethroned.

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The movie moves with frenetic energy, there are many close-ups of the sumptuous food and the audience feels like they are moving with the Chefs in the kitchen. We can see everything from the sweat beads off Adam’s face when he is in the midst of plating to the droplets of oil in the food. At points when he was walking through markets sampling food, it almost felt like we could smell the intensity of the foods and the rich aromas. I loved that the film gave us those sentiments.

Cooper worked with notorious Chef Gordon Ramsey on perfecting his chef persona and it can be felt in many of the scenes. The way he yells at his sous chefs felt real and the demands of the kitchen could be felt. Cooper did an excellent job and showed us once again that he knows how to dig deep and pull dramatic performances off without a hitch.

Miller was equally fantastic, she was as gracious as she was meticulous with her food and the way her and Cooper played off each other seemed genuine.

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I enjoyed this movie because it was not filled with clichés. There were no superfluous back stories going on, it was simply about the journey of one Chef and his ability to come back into his old skin without losing himself once again. If you like dramas mixed with comedies or you are a foodie who enjoys the beauty of a good meal, then this movie is right up your alley.

}}Melissa

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March TV Favorites

I will admit it; I watch a lot of television. I just got a Roku, so now I have the ability to watch even more shows. Yes, I have a problem I need an intervention. But when I get home from work and the gym all I want to do is rest and watch TV. YAY! I also tend to catch up with other things while I am watching, like email, cleaning up, Twitter and of course my favorite thing in the world Pinterest. All of this keeps me on the pulse of the TV world.

I figured since I originally wanted to do more TV reviews on here, I can give you guys maybe my monthly TV favorites. I am totally stealing this from all the YouTubers out there who do this type of post.

1. The Following: Season 2
This is most definitely my favorite show right now. Joe Carroll is busy creating a new cult and of course trying to destroy Ryan Hardy in the process. Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are awesome in this and seriously my fave match, they play off each other so well.

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2. The Americans: Season 2
I really dig this show it’s about Russian spies living in the US in the 80’s. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys make a dynamic team. They live next door to FBI agent, who is secretly having an affair with a Russian and he doesn’t know that he lives next to spies. They always have some secret task that they are up to and it is fun to watch it play out. Plus the Russians are always super sexy!

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3. Workaholics and Broad City
Both of these shows are on Comedy Central and basically they are very similar except one is focused on dudes and the other girls. Both are young 20-somethings who are raunchy, rude and crude and facing the issues of getting real jobs, sex and having fun with friends. I absolutely am addicted and I look forward to these shows every week. Adam DeVine is my absolute fave! If you like shows that use the lewdest, crudest words out there then you should watch this, they really push the envelope.

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4. Lindsay
Yes, Lindsay Lohan now has her own reality TV show on the Oprah network OWN and I have to admit I am obsessed. I have always liked the Lohan, not sure why I just do. There’s something captivating about watching her face all her challenges from trying to stay sober to just waking up in the morning. Seriously this girl doesn’t get up till like 2pm everyday. I guess it is interesting to watch because usually we just see the demise of Hollywood stars and we never see the part where they try to pick themselves up and start again.

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5. Bates Motel: Season 2
I am a big Hitchcock fan and I love the movie Psycho, so I just love this show. I have to say the best thing about this show are the actors. Freddie Highmore plays Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga plays his mother, Norma Bates. Together these two are an odd pair, she is a doting, loving, almost smothering mother and he, the son who will do anything to protect her. The bond they share is sweet, yet very twisted and weird. My favorite scene this season so far is when the two of them sang, “Mr. Sandman,” it was creepy, weird and just odd.

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}}Melissa