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Saturday, Aug 24, 2019

Burnt trailer: Bradley Cooper may sizzle his way to an Oscar

The first trailer for Bradley Cooper's Burnt, where the star plays a burnout chef on the quest for redemption has been released. It features a brilliant cast which includes Omar Sy, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys and Emma Thompson.

hollywood Updated: Apr 10, 2017 10:12 IST
Rohan Naahar
Rohan Naahar
Hindustan Times
Bradley Cooper is a burnout in Burnt. (YouTube)
Bradley Cooper is a burnout in Burnt. (YouTube)( )

Adam Jones was 16 when he quit school and saved just enough for a one-way ticket to Paris. He wanted to be the best chef in the world. He is played by Bradley Cooper in John Wells new movie Burnt, and today we get its first trailer.

The two minute trailer makes for a surprisingly substantial portion. Jones had it all until he lost it all. He spent his time 'sniffing, snorting, injecting' in Louisiana, borrowing heavily from the life of Anthony Bourdain it seems. And Bourdain's self-destruction isn't the only thing Cooper's character embodies. There is also the heavy artistry of Grant Achatz. Cooper doesn't just want people to come and eat at his restaurant, he wants them 'to be sick with longing'.
Adam is a two Michelin starred chef, and for anyone who is even slightly familiar about the brutal world of professional cooking knows that winning three Michelin stars is not unlike attaining a culinary nirvana, the stuff that dreams are made of. In his autobiography The Devil in the Kitchen, legendary chef Marco Pierre White recounts the story of the day he recieved the call that he'd won a third Michelin star. To him it was the pinnacle. There was nothing more to strive for professionally anymore.

Watch the trailer here
And that's what Jones wants. He is a burn out looking for redemption, a rock-star mounting a comeback tour. Cooper makes Jones volatile, raw, charismatic and above all deeply driven. The kitchen is the only place that he's ever felt like he really belongs. The sounds of a professional kitchen must be almost like Beethoven to him, maybe even more. And the trailer uses these sounds, and makes them symphonic.

The film is written by Steven Knight, a man who knows how to weave a good story around a deeply flawed central character. Just watch Eastern Promises or Locke. John Wells has tow great dramas under his belt and seems to be building his repertoire.

The film was previously titled Adam Jones, but them someone must have brightly mentioned the John Carter effect. So now it's called Burnt. It features a brilliant cast which includes Omar Sy, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys and Emma Thompson in what we can only hope is the Anton Ego role. It will release on October 23rd and looks like it might even score Cooper his fourth Oscar nomination in as many years. Phil Wenneck must be so proud. 'Yes Chef!' he would've yelled.


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