Burnt is a sublime film set in the world of the culinary adventure that is Michelin star restaurant life. The protagonist Adam Jones – Bradley Cooper – is a recovering drug addict who had glory in his youth when he excelled in Paris. He tells the audience he was nearly as good as he thought he was. Having gone to London to try and recreate this success after two years of sobriety the film follows the hero’s journey narrative construct of Campbell. Other characters include rising chefs, old loves, new possibilities and enemies who might be friends and friends who might be enemies.
Cast includes Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thomson, Daniel Bruhl, Omar Sy and Henry Goodman. Because of the world of international cheffing the languages veer between English, French and Italian with subtitles but modern audiences will find this a joy rather than a chore.
As one would expect the dishes themselves are also the stars of the show but there is a nice little bit of product placement in Burger King used to explain the concept of consistency and quality for the worker versus the 500% mark up charged for quality cuisine elsewhere in the city.
If you like your heroes flawed and enjoy the road to redemption, give this film a view. The decision about the success or failure of the journey to the third Michelin star is so subtly done that I needed to rewind to be sure.
Two Night Stand explores that apparent phenomenon of people using the internet to have random sex with a stranger in order to get over a failed relationship and “get back on the horse”.
Megan is someone with a pre-med degree who studied in order to meet the man who would be her husband rather than actually become a doctor. When her ex-fiance leaves her she doesn’t do anything of value – no work, no studying, no paying her rent. Her options are to move on or move out as her room mate is getting tired of coming home after a hard day to find that Megan hasn’t moved from her place on the sofa.
The “booty call” seems like the shake up Megan might need except that she ignores the weather warnings on TV and ends up getting showed in with Mr-1-Night-Stand.
What could possibly go wrong, right?
There’s lots of exposition about why people fail at relationships because they lie at the beginning. Will it help to be brutally honest in a trapped environment to find out what really makes another person tick?
The film is a 15, more because of the drug usage than the sex scenes I should imagine.
If you like your rom-com wordy with a message, catch this on Sky Movies this week.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the film Enemy, playing two characters who are identical physically but differ emotionally.
Adam is an assistant professor at a University who teaches on the topic of panem et circenses and the repetitive nature of government control cycles. Although his lectures are contentious he seems oblivious of the fact that he is living under such control himself. He is self-contained – although he has a very attractive blonde girlfriend – and never watches films. A colleague seems to be trying to tell him something and he suggests that Adam watch a particular film. The film he watches has a doppelganger in it and this proves to be the turning point for Adam. He still seems to ignore dictatorship graffiti on the underpass and gigantic spiders dominating the skyline as he turns his energies to investigating why he looks so much like a minor actor.
The actor Anthony has appeared in three minor roles but seems to live a more luxurious life. His wife – also blonde – is six months pregnant but Anthony is emotionally removed from her. He is seen at the beginning of the film watching a woman in heels ritually kill a spider with her high heels in the company of men who seem to be secretive and paying for the privilege.
Gradually the film explores emotional connections, physical similarities and dangerous liaisons.
There are repetitions, meetings, odd conversations, deaths and spiders.
The final scene to me indicated a final understanding that Adam’s life was a construct and that he had been under the control of those in power all along. But, what do you think?