Burnt Film Review

Film Review by Cam Eagle

The Premise
Up and coming Chef, Adam Jones attempts to re-build his life and career and lay rest to echoes from the past (the drug use and erratic behaviour) that saw him lose his restaurant. His focus now is to clean up his act, return to London and spearhead a top restaurant to gain three Michelin stars.

The Review
Like a well prepared main course, “Burnt” draws you into itself, as you savour the world of London restaurants, the exciting flavours of Europe and the redemption of Chef, Adam Jones, the antihero played by Bradley Cooper (American Sniper).

Bradley Cooper, who at 8 either wanted to be a chef or an actor, brings Jones to life in this dramatic pursuit to gain the Michelin Stars; a goal every London Chef wants to achieve.

Those who like watching Gordon Ramsay rip others to shreds will enjoy “Burnt.” I hate those reality cooking shows but even I enjoyed Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Adam Jones, dropping enough F bombs to sink any menu item in a Crème brûlée. Comparing Cooper to Ramsay is not fair. The way you are drawn into watching the awkwardness of a character such as Mark Zuckerberg (as seen in The Social Network) or drawn to the introspectiveness of a character like Gollum (as seen in The Lord of The Rings) is a better comparison when looking at the character of Jones.

His goal is to have each patron not just sit and eat but be 'sick with longing’. There is no doubt you will be drawn into the earthy real obsession of Adam Jones’ desire to be the best; a passion that drives him to the heights and the depths of himself, until he learns a lesson that turns the stressful angst of the kitchen power-plays into a mouth-watering triumph that’s made to order. Never underestimate a man with everything to lose in “Burnt”.

The Verdict
Bradley Cooper serves up a masterpiece. Underpinning all the drama, the feel good factor in “Burnt” will ultimately have you on the edge of your seat. “Burnt” satisfies on every level and will make you hunger for well cooked food, even if you’re not a foodie.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 22nd October 2015
Rating: TBC
Duration: 109 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy Drama
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy
Director: John Wells (The Company Men, August: Osage County)

The Extras

The script was featured on the 2007 Black List, the list of the most liked un-produced scripts.

Jamie Dornan had a 2-minute cameo in the movie that didn't make it to the final cut, it was part of Sienna Miller's character's backstory. The scene was disapproved by the audience in test screenings and was removed from the movie.

Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller previously co-starred together in American Sniper (2014). They started shooting this movie a few months after wrapping American Sniper.


During the showreel of The Weinstein Company's upcoming slate of films at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, producer Harvey Weinstein told journalists that he was so enamored of Alicia Vikander that he asked her to play a part in this film (her part didn't exist in the script). Weinstein also stated that Vikander will have a brilliant future in Hollywood's biggest league. Vikander had previously starred in another Weinstein Company film, Tulip Fever.