Bradley Cooper has been on a role with some great performances and nominations for recent roles. He has been taking on a diverse amount of roles and thankfully shows no signs of slowing down. His latest, Burnt features a great supporting cast including Sienna Miller, Daniel Bruhl, Omar Sy, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, and Lily James, but can it whip up a film worth serving in the finest establishment or will it get sent back to the chef before the first bite?
Burnt follows a two-star Michelin rock star chef with the bad habits to match who did everything different every time out and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. Now to land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side and be willing to make a change, but can he get out of his own way to do it. A film like this you typically expect one thing, but end up getting the Hollywood cliché, but thankfully this was not the case. They kick things right into place without a lot of wasted backstory and let his past play out through the current state of his career and the people that his past affected. They plant in a love story aspect, but make sure to never allow it to take control of the film and let it keep the focus on the kitchen. This story takes you deep inside the kitchen and does not water it down, but still manages to keep it simple in some aspects for those that know nothing about this world. Cooper spent time with various real life chef’s including Gordon Ramsey which is very clear when seeing his performance. He goes all in for the part delivering yet another powerful performance that could have easily been one dimensional, but instead comes across as skillfully layered and effective. There is some predictable nature to some of the film that keeps it from being perfect, but its focus on the going ons in the kitchen as opposed to every other part of his life works.
If there is a major flaw it is the pacing at times along with some of the side elements feeling a bit forced into unneeded plot devices. Additionally there is an ongoing theme of Cooper’s brilliance, but instead of ever really getting to shine they focus more on him growing with others help feeling like a bit of a missed section the film needed. In the end the film still works and while not near as successful in execution as Chef, it manages to still serve up a story worth checking out. In addition to the film this release has numerous special features including commentaries, deleted scenes, Q&A and the featurette In the Kitchen with Bradley Cooper. Step into the kitchen and fire up the burners when Burnt comes to Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on January 26th as well as Digital HD available now.