Sceptical is probably the right word to describe my thoughts when going in to watch this film. Cooper’s latest project where he is seen in the lead role has received a lot of negative reviews from the likes of Empire, Rotten Tomatoes and The Guardian, so it was more of curiosity rather than temptation which drew me towards this film.
Immersing himself on the London restaurant scene after his failures in Paris a couple years back; Bradley Cooper stars as Adam Jones, a chef trying to regain the respect he once had amongst his peers. Jones’ character portrays one of a recovering junkie and a career-driven individual.
To my surprise, this film seemed to be exceptionally executed. I think if you go with the mindset of how cool Cooper is as an individual, it will make it easier for you to like this film. Yeah sure, Cooper’s character is an arrogant prick that throws food at his workers and lays his hands on women – but he’s a character that grows on you. In the back of your mind, you’re subliminally taught that Adam Jones is one of the best chefs in the World and with his end goal being to achieve a third Michelin Star, you as the audience want him to achieve that. So on one hand you have Bradley Cooper, an egotistic and nearly angry the entire time chef, and then on the other you have the beautiful blonde that is Sienna Miller. Sienna Miller stars as Helene, Adam Jones’s sous-chef. Helene provides this film with the balance needed, John Wells, the director, has somewhat made her the angel of the film to battle Jones’ devilish ways. Of course with a narcissistic person like Adam Jones, you need someone to tame him, and that is exactly what Sienna Miller’s role is in this film. As a single mother looking to provide for her daughter and always aspiring to better herself as a chef, Helene seeks for Jones’ guidance.
I think what caught my eye in this film is the ambition portrayed by Bradley Cooper, there are moments in this film where his anger and career-driven motives are showcased exceptionally well, and it is something seen in Cooper before in films such as Silver Linings Playbook. It is a moment where you actually feel inspired yourself to do something and that is what Cooper has done very well to try and connect his character with the audience. There are scenes of silence where you can feel the tension come through your screens before they are broken with smashing of plates. John Wells engrosses you well with this film, it is a journey of a recovering chef who wants to do well, and at the end of the day you want him to win.
Despite the reviews given on this film, it definitely deserves a watch.