Strong characters help hold the attention as this overcooked drama develops, but in the end it feels so concocted that it's difficult to believe. While there's plenty of potential in the premise, the film becomes distracted by irrelevant subplots that try to stir up some tension but never quite manage it. And for a movie about food, the cuisine is simply too abstract to be mouthwatering.
At the centre is Adam (Bradley Cooper), a bad boy chef whose partying ways ended his high-flying career in Paris. After a period of penance in New Orleans, he moves to London to start again, with the goal of finally getting his elusive third Michelin star. Since he has alienated his friends, he turns to Tony (Daniel Bruhl), a guy who always had a soft spot for him and happens to be running a posh restaurant, which Adam quickly takes over. He rustles up some old colleagues (Omar Sy and Riccardo Scamarcio) and hires hot-shot Helene (Sienna Miller) as his sous chef. But his demanding perfectionism is keeping things from running very smoothly.
This set-up is ripe for both black comedy and soul-searching drama, and yet writer Steven Knight throws in irrelevant sideroads including a mandated therapist (the wonderful Emma Thompson), a bitter rival (a jagged Matthew Rhys), a couple of randomly violent loan sharks and a precocious little girl. Even though the actors do what they can to make every scene intriguing, none of these story elements add anything to the overall film. Still, Cooper holds the movie together with sheer charisma, even if his sudden transition from absolute tyrant to cuddly sweetheart isn't terribly convincing. At least he adds some surprising textures to his scenes, and indulges in sparky banter with those around him. And while Miller is solid in her thankless role, even she can't breathe life into such a thinly developed romance.
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Restauranteering is not a profession that should be taken lightly. Indeed, it's less of a job and more of a way of life for Adam Jones, who has wanted to become the greatest chef the world has ever seen since as long as he can remember. He was just 16-years-old when he left school to go to Paris and achieve his dream; becoming a Michelin star chef infamous across the Parisian culinary scene. But his rise to success came much too soon, and it wasn't long before his dream began to crumble around him, beaten by a life of drugs, violence, and volatile behaviour. With many of his opponents thinking him dead, he returns to London a new man to reignite his passion, earn a third Michelin star, and open the best restaurant in the world. All he needs is a talented team behind him, who is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
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Aidan Turner & fiancee Sarah Greene - Poldark star Aidan Turner & fiancee Sarah Greene attend a panel discussion on acting at The Teacher's Club on Parnell Street as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival alongside fellow Irish actor Robert Sheehan, Dublin, Ireland - 24.03.15. - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 24th March 2015
Bad news, 'Poldark' fans - he's spoken for.
Get ready to be disappointed, female ‘Poldark’ fans: Aidan Turner is getting engaged. Reports in British newspaper The Sunday Express claim that the Irish actor popped the question to Sarah Greene, his girlfriend of three years, shortly after Christmas.
31 year old Turner apparently decided to propose to 29 year old Greene, also an actor, after she had spent the festive period with him at his parents’ home in Dublin. A source quoted by the paper says: “They are a really close and happy couple, and marriage is the logical next step for them.”
Aidan Turner and fiancee Sarah Greene earlier in 2015
The Cinema Society teamed up with FIJI Water and Levi for their screening of 'Mud' at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. 'Magic Mike' star Matthew Mcconaughey and 'Walk The Line' actress Reese Witherspoon turned up at the screening as the movie's main stars, with Reese in a classy black mini dress and Matthew not attempting to blend in with a shiny red and blue Vivienne Westwood suit.
Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a cop, working in a small town in County Galway, in the western part of Ireland, with a love of prostitutes, dropping acid on his days off and a dying mother. Whilst on the job, he doesn't follow the rulebook and he thinks that everyone he's met is an idiot.
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Billy works as a repairman for the local phone company, and when he isn't shunting around town in his van, he's downing pints at the local pub, often alone, sometimes in the company of one of his drinking buddies, all single or divorced. Billy says cordial things to his wife, a word of flattery about her cooking or her new hairdo, but it's dawning on him, through the veil of his own denial, that he's a deeply unhappy man. Breda's in denial too, afraid to confront Billy about the widening rift between them, and the consequences of letting dark truths out in the open. Over bottles of wine, she confides her disappointments and loneliness to her best friend, Eilish (Lesley Conroy), and entertains fantasies, sexual and otherwise, that offer her escape.
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Strong characters help hold the attention as this overcooked drama develops, but in the end...
Restauranteering is not a profession that should be taken lightly. Indeed, it's less of a...
Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a cop, working in a small town in County Galway, in...