Film Review: No Reservations

30 Aug

Plot: Master chef Kate Armstrong (Catherine Zeta-Jones) lives her life like she runs her kitchen at a trendy Manhattan eatery—with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. Kate’s perfectionist nature is put to the test when she “inherits” her nine-year-old niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin), while contending with a brash new sous-chef who joins her staff. High-spirited and freewheeling, Nick Palmer (Aaron Eckhart) couldn’t be more different from Kate, yet the chemistry between them is undeniable. Rivalry becomes romance, but Kate will have to learn to express herself beyond the realm of her kitchen if she wants to connect with Zoe and find true happiness with Nick.

I am sorry but I do have major reservations for this film. I found out that this was a remake to the German film Mostly Martha that starred the excellent Martina Gedeck. The American version teams up of Zeta-Jones and Eckhart but they didnt have on screen chemistry at all, like food, their team up tasted bland to me.

Fair enough, Zeta-Jones played her master chef role with much gusto as that of a headstrong chef who will not accept criticism of her concoctions easily, she will insist that her foie gras was prepared to perfection and that her rare steak is indeed rare, or else she will happily drop a still uncooked piece of meat on your table! Eckhart on the other hand who I loved in Possession was just totally lost here but was delightful as the more patient sous chef trying to win Zeta-Jone’s approval. My other complaint is that maybe it’s just me but although I love this piece of opera, after having another over-the-top serving of it in this movie I am really getting bored with the way ‘Nessun Dorma’ is being overused. Enough already!!!

No Reservations: 2/5…(read more…)

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2 Responses to “Film Review: No Reservations”

  1. Charlene April September 4, 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    i like catherine zeta-jones! but your review sounds like this movie’s unforgivable so i’d pass on it.

  2. Simone September 4, 2007 at 6:06 pm #

    Just not worth catching it in the big screen, just wait for it on DVD I suppose.

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