I’m not the best “reviewer” on the planet when it comes to movies, because (quite frankly) I tend to enjoy most of the movies I watch.
Don’t get me wrong; there are definitely movies that I love. And then there are those that I simply enjoyed for their opportunity to take a break from reality for a couple hours.
Julie & Julia, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, The Holiday, Star Wars, Indiana Jones — these are some of my favorites. Movies I could (and do) watch over and over and over, without even a hint of boredom.
When it comes to specific genres, clearly there are three that draw me in more than anything else: sci-fi/fantasy, period dramas, and food. Okay, and the occasional love story.
I’ve watched some great foodie movies over the years, including the more recent The Hundred-Foot Journey, which I saw after I made the list for BuzzFeed.
The other day, a friend and I decided to
swoon over Bradley Cooper catch Burnt before it leaves the theaters. From IMDB:
Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a Chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars.
I’d heard good reviews for Burnt (both professional and by way of other friends), and was content to sit for two hours and watch drool-worthy food being prepared
and Bradley Cooper’s eyes, even if the story itself was a bust.
I was pleasantly surprised.
I won’t give anything away (yes, there could be spoilers!). Promise.
That said, here are 4 thoughts about Burnt movie:
1. Yes, there’s kissing.
But, not too much hanky-panky. I can get on board with a romantic story line, don’t get me wrong. What I find annoying, though, is when movies throw in gratuitous amounts of sex for no reason except, S-E-X. (Yes, even when Bradley Cooper’s involved.) In Burnt, there’s just enough romance to fit the story line, but not enough to become a sloppy distraction.
2. Don’t go hungry.
We had a mutual friend who saw Burnt before we did tell us this: DON’T GO HUNGRY. So, we took that as a sign to meet up 90 minutes before the movie for appetizers and a cocktail. Because, it’s always nice to have an excuse to eat food and drink cocktails, and in this case it’s true. DON’T GO HUNGRY.
3. Foodies will be pleased.
There was enough foodie slang tossed around, along with professional-grade kitchen culinary skills, to keep us enamored and filled with ooooooohs and aaaaahs.
4. The story line is unpredictable and fun.
No spoilers here — I’ll just say that both of us were surprised by at least one plot twist!