Benjamin Maio Mackay
Burnt - 5 Stars
With what looked like a recipe for disaster, Burnt proves that you should never judge a film by its trailer.
There are very few films that at some point I don’t look at my watch. That’s just a fact, no matter how good or bad I often find myself checking the time – some of the greatest films ever are sometimes so difficult to “enjoy” due to subject matter I still check my watch. This film was an unusual exception, not only was it’s storyline intense and intriguing it was genuinely enjoyable. I empathised with the characters and was utterly mesmerised by the performances. The cinematography was lovely and the food on display looked scrumptious.
Burnt tells the story of Adam Jones, an up-and-coming chef whose drug use and erratic behavior lead him to lose his restaurant. He attempts to rebuild his life and his career in London, in the hopes of returning to Paris to open a new restaurant that will gain three Michelin stars.
Bradley Cooper is one of the most under appreciated actors of this generation. He did make some truly disastrous film choices in his early career, but since 2012 his films have mostly been of the highest quality. His performance here is Oscar worthy and I’ll be astounded if he doesn’t get a nomination. Sienna Miller is one of my least favourite actresses and has bored me in films like American Sniper. In this however, she offers a strong performance – though this may have to do with the outstanding writing she has to work with. Supporting actors Omary Sy, Daniel Bruhl and Matthew Rhys are all also outstanding.
Overall this is one of the best films in quite a while; it has a superb story, great cinematography and a cast of the highest calibre. You simply can’t afford to miss this.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas