Review by Steve Duffy –
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rock star with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen, and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller).
I still think that Cooper is a one-dimensional actor who continually portrays the same kind of characters. He does have a great mix of charm and arrogance that makes him somewhat likable even though he is portraying a bad tempered chef with no patience.
Miller reunites with her American Sniper costar as Helene, a strong-willed chef, who will not tolerate Jones’ temper or abusive nature, even though she is victim to them.
Uma Thurman portrays a food critic and her talents are truly wasted in this role. Also, Lilly James’ character is underused along with her talents. Their collective talents could have been used to spice up the film a little more.
Even though the story provides some insight into the competitive nature of owning a restaurant, you will still leave the theatre hungry and wanting something better to eat.
Rating: R for language throughout
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.