Burnt Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Burnt

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Needs more sizzle.

  • Starring:

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Omar Sy, Sam Keeley, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Lily James

  • Directed by:

    John Wells

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are hit with objects, tackled, wrestled, threatened, grabbed, pushed, beaten up (implied), accidentally burned. Death threats received. Objects are thrown/slammed/smashed. Assault, killing someone, sabotage mentioned. Suicide (head in plastic bag) and stealing references. Yelling. Blood/gore: Dead bird. Cuts on face/back, coughing blood, spot of blood on collar, blood extraction (medical). Scratches, bruises. Sewing nose back on mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing (female-male; male-male). Revealing clothing worn by background characters, woman in nightgown, man in towel, shirtless man. Sex/food metaphors/reference to culinary orgasm. References to having sex, homosexuality. Got a girl pregnant mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, champagne). Intoxication. Smoking. Methadone, cocaine, self-medicated, drug dealers, sobriety mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Cooking, food, cuisine, workplace buying, single parenting, sacrifices, rivals, redemption, drug dealers, debt, therapy, fresh starts, standards.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Job loss. Dead mother, dead mentor, sick dying/father, sick daughter, prison/jail time, absent father, difficult childhood mentioned. Vomiting, spitting. Close-up of cooking meat, raw meat. Some French (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Likeable, feel-good, breezy. Excellent/strong/engaging performances by Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, captures the chaos/noise/pressure/heat of a world-class kitchen, restrained score, the food looks beautiful.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Frustrating, muddled, familiar, uninventive, glib, sloppy, clichéd, low-stakes, pedestrian, patchy, predictable. Haphazard construction, savage editing, uncertain direction, undercooked narrative, unnecessary opening voice-over, feels hurried/incompleted/disorganised.

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