Monday, January 25, 2016

Directed by John Wells and written by Steven Knight, from a story by Michael Kalesniko, Burnt is an American drama film starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, Riccardo Scamarcio, Alicia Vikander, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson. The film was released on October 30, 2015 by The Weinstein Company.

In 2013, John Wells was set to direct a cooking comedy film, eventually titled Burnt, with Bradley Cooper signed to star as a former Paris chef, Adam Jones. Sienna Miller was signed as lead actress. Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Alicia Vikander and Lily James were also set to star in the film. Dornan’s appearance was later removed due to cuts and adjustments in the storyline and Lily James’s role revealed to be a cameo. Dornan’s scenes were added to the home release. The film was originally titled Chef, and re-titled Adam Jones on July 24, 2014, to avoid confusion with Jon Favreau’s film Chef. Uma Thurman was added to the cast around this time. According to, as of July 28, 2014, Weinstein was calling the film Untitled John Wells project, until they could decide on a better title. On August 7, 2014, Matthew Rhys was added to the cast, playing chef Jones’ rival, Reece. On July 29, 2015, the film was re-titled Burnt.

Principal photography on the film began on July 23, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana, filming for two days. Production was then moved to London.

As of December 29, 2015, Burnt has grossed $13.6 million in North America and $21.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $35.2 million, against a budget of $20 million.

The film opened on October 30, 2015, alongside Our Brand Is Crisis and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. In its opening weekend, the film was projected to gross $7-9 million from 3,003 theaters. However, it ended up only grossing $5 million, finishing sixth at the box office, and marking the second straight underperforming opener for Cooper, following Aloha ($9.7 million opening against its $37 million budget).

Burnt received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Cooper’s performance but derided the script and storytelling. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 28%, based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 4.9/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Burnt offers a few spoonfuls of compelling culinary drama, but they’re lost in a watery goulash dominated by an unsavory main character and overdone clichés.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 42 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews.” On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of “B–” on an A+ to F scale.

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