Why Make Other Angry Dudechef Dramas When Burnt’ Already Perfected the Form?

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Everyone’s always ragging on ‘Burnt.’ But what if it was the last great expression of the art form?

” — but you would be thinking wrong. I have seen the movie
Burnt
at least six times, more if I’m counting the number of times I’ve wanted to watch it and have been shut down by people around me. Why would I do this to myself? Let’s call it catharsis.
I’m going to assume you’ve seen
Burnt
, as it made $36.6 million in the box office worldwide so
someone
has to have seen it besides me, but in case you haven’t, here’s a brief synopsis: Bradley Cooper plays down-and-out chef Adam Jones in search of a third Michelin star, which he plans to acquire by riding a motorcycle FAST in a leather jacket and aviator sunglasses, shucking one million oysters as penance for all number of mistakes he’s made, and brazenly manipulating a single mother into working under him in a toxic restaurant environment that he himself perpetuates. Plates are thrown, substances are consumed, vulnerable members of the restaurant’s staff are abused. And the world continues to turn.

Is watching
Burnt
no less than half a dozen times a perverse extreme of hate-watching or is there something wrong with me? I would hazard a guess that it’s both. The toxic bro chef has a long, unavoidable history in popular culture — both fictional and extremely real — and
Burnt
is a definitive artifact of that archetype. Both
Burnt
and the archetype it is dedicated to will live on long after we’re all dead.
For some of us, the only way to purify our brains from the wrongdoings of the powerful is through continuous exposure therapy.
Burnt
Haha this movie is bad
and
Haha oh no it’s reality that is the bad one.
Wherever you land on that spectrum, Bradley Cooper and Matthew Rhys will still be staring each other down and calling each other stupid names in an austere, blank dining room, I can promise you that. May as well watch
Burnt
Lately, it seems that many films are trying to emulate
Burnt

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