Burnt follows the story of Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper). He used to be one of the most beloved chefs in all of Paris, one character describing him as the Rolling Stones of cooking, but after a drug addiction he lost it all. A few years later, Adam cleans up his act and travels to London, hoping to redeem his career and go for a third Michelin star, which is something that's very, very, very hard to do. He opens up a new restaurant with the help of an old friend named Tony (Daniel Brühl), and he hires the best cooks he can find, including a single mum named Helene (Sienna Miller), who he takes quite a liking to, despite her constant protests against his work.
That being said, they both deliver some brilliant performances, in particular Cooper. While the film itself isn't necessarily memorable, his performance is. It probably won't end up giving him any gold statues, but it's an admirable performance. His character is loud and impactful, and Cooper makes his presence known. Then there's Miller, who comes across as a bit more vulnerable, if I'm perfectly honest. Cooper got the brokenness of his character down pat, but not the vulnerability. If he lost anything, I wouldn't really have been impacted by his loss. With Miller, she gives a performance that brings out her character's hidden colours. She brought a lot to her role.
With so many subplots in Burnt, whenever we finally get into the kitchen it comes as a relief. The kitchen scenes are easily the most entertaining component of this film. Seeing Cooper stress out over which critic is sitting where ended up being very entertaining, his dedication to the character bringing out a top notch performance. You can feel the pressure building up in everyone and when they burst, they burst. It's exciting and it's captured excellently, the cinematography coming as a delightful surprise. The other subplots, however, weren't that interesting, especially one involving Cooper and some drug money he owes. This could've been a short and exciting film, but instead it ends up being rather bloated.