Bradley Cooper is absolutely amazing in the lead role, showing emotion and creating a character that you like, but really shouldn't. Daniel Brühl is also great in his supporting role, accenting Cooper greatly, as does Omar Sy. Alicia Vikander makes a cameo and is horribly underused, but does very good in the small amount of time she is given.
There are a lot of brilliant lines, many of which are between Cooper and Emma Thompson, who is also great, providing philosophical insight and some of the funniest parts in the movie. My two favorite parts in the movie are when Daniel Brühl explains the Michelin tasters and when Bradley Cooper serves the cake to Sienna Miller's daughter. Both of these have very different storytelling techniques, however they both do very well.
The cinematography is great in this movie, especially during the cooking scenes. If I would have bought this movie, I would have gained 20 pounds each time I watched it, which would be a lot. There are a good amount of times when the story results to visual storytelling, and Wells does a very good job of getting his point across. The score also does a good job, engrossing you in the film.
Overall, I think that this film is ridiculously underrated. It is a shame that the movie got such a negative reception and was seen by so few people.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: Redox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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