Chef Adam Jones had it all – and lost it. The former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene had earned two Michelin stars and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive star though, Jones will need to leave his bad habits behind and get the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene. (c) Rotten Tomatoes
I will rate the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars as the flick gave me mixed reactions. The performance of Bradley Cooper as the rock star Chef Adam gave an impressive portrayal as a chef, it was realistic enough to make me feel that he is a legit. His acting skills are getting better and better but not to a point that he will have a shot come Oscars. I can feel his seriousness, passion and struggles as a chef. His chemistry with Sienna Miller (Helene) is very evident here and I love seeing both of them together. I just thought Emma Thompson and Uma Thurman’s roles are understated. I love how they portrayed their roles but due to their limited screen time, I felt their talent and appearance are wasted.
The cinematography was well executed as shots of food look really sumptuous and mouth-watering. The score further helped set the tone of the movie especially during crunch time in the kitchen. It is very engaging to see this movie but I felt the plot wasn’t interesting and the story wasn’t heavily told. I felt it still needs more drama and grittiness to really feel the scene and each characters conflict and encounters. I can’t help but to compare this with Ratatouille which has more depth and emotion for a movie.
All in all, the movie is engaging to watch but it is very predictable.