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Hollywood movie review: `Burnt'- A lot burnt, bruised and alive, yet insignificant
A bit too violent in mannerisms, this drama is based on the theme of food been prepared more to feed culinary egotism, than for satiating connoisseurs.

Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller do well as talented chefs (especially the former's mad-scientist like avatar); Emma Thompson, Alicia Vikander and Uma Thurman have almost insignificant guest-appearances as the well-wishers of the former; Daniel Bruhl, Matthew Rhys and Omar Sy are likable as associate and rivals.

The writing done (Steven Knight and Michael Kalesniko) though based on actual events and much inspired by the mannerisms of the reality-show formats (especially that of Gordon Ramsey), makes it feel a lot more of a bitter-deliberate elongated-quarrel, but unfortunately a lot of that seems unreal - even in its pensive and harsh-looking seriousness of what Michelin stars mean in a five-star restaurant, the stress getting to the head and lives falling apart. Here the direction (John Wells; "The Company Men" and "August: Osage County"), though, really tries hard to make it all seem human to but doesn't suffice, though good editing, music supervision and sound design make it worth watching.

The war-like situations depicted in a kitchen are definitely a different film-viewing experience. Transition from chaos to calm - more in metaphorical sense of a figurative journey to make it all better, seems "okay-ish" to revisit. However, it all could really have been a lot better and could have been worthy of remembrance.

Rating - 5.5/10

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