“Burnt” is directed by John Wells and stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Daniel Bruhl. The film centers on top chef Adam Jones (portrayed by Bradley Cooper) who had it all. He had two Michelin stars and was the best of the best, until everything came to a screeching halt when he dabbled in drugs and alcohol. He slowly destroyed his career and essentially his life due to the deadly disease of addiction. He attempts to gain sobriety, clean up his act and strive for three Michelin stars.
On Adam’s journey to self worth and recovery, he acquires a team of chefs to help him attain the almost unobtainable three stars. He adds top chef Helene (Sienna Miller) as his su chef, and obtains friend Tony’s (Daniel Bruhl) inherited restaurant to be his stage. Adam is stressed, intimidating and passionate about his work. It’s refreshing to see a film with a character so overly obsessed with something that people come into contact with all day everyday. There is almost no technology in the film, which was nice and completely different. Adam was so disconnected from the world because the only thing he breathed for was to be the greatest chef in the world.
The acting in “Burnt” was phenomenal. Bradley Cooper has come such a long way since his raunchy comedy days. He is now a well rehearsed, polished actor that audiences can respect and root for in the upcoming award season. It would be quite shocking for him to not be in the running for an Oscar nod for his outstanding performance. His portrayal of Adam Jones was raw, inspiring and delightful. He jumped out of his comfort zone and leaped into a character that was brash, threatening, and struggled deeply to overcome his fear of failure, or worse fear of being average. Sienna Miller is captivating in her portrayal of a woman who is fighting to create a better life for her and her daughter. She’s quirky, driven, and rough around the edges. Her chemistry with Cooper is mesmerizing to watch, especially since they shared the screen together once before just last year in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award nominated film “American Sniper”. Daniel Bruhl portrays Adam’s friend Tony. He is sweet, innocent and has more faith in Adam than anyone else. There isn’t much backstory to the plot of the film. The audience doesn’t completely know how close Adam and Tony were but they do learn throughout the film that Tony is in love with Adam, and therefore consistently sticks his neck out for Adam to help him achieve his success. In a sense, that story line is rather tragic since Adam is not gay, but does appreciate and love his friendship with Tony in a clearly non-romantic way.
In conclusion, “Burnt” is highly recommended to anyone that enjoys films that focus on great acting, interesting storylines and Bradley Cooper. Also for anyone that enjoys films that could be a contender for this year’s award season, for it’s beautiful portrayal of one man’s passion, dreams and admiration for his craft that he would do anything to succeed even if it means killing himself to get there.