Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wendy's Films of 2010 #28: No Reservations (2007)

Don't confuse this with the television series. They might both be about food, but Catherine Zeta Jones is nothing like Anthony Bourdain. For one, I doubt she can cook; her zeal in the kitchen rests in wiping the outside of plates and carefully dotting them with sauce.

I was speaking with my coworker Maggie earlier today, and she remarked that No Reservations seems like two separate films packed into one, and I completely agree. The first is the story of a young girl (Abigail Breslin) who loses her mother in a tragic car accident, and the aunt (Zeta Jones) who tries to console and create a new home for her. The second is a romantic comedy about a serious chef, played by Zeta Jones, who has to open her heart and allow a man (Aaron Eckhart) to sweep her off her feet. I think the combination of these two saved the film from becoming a run-of-the-mill romcom with no substance. Instead, it is a romantic comedy drama with a bit of substance. It ended how I expected it would, and it followed every obvious cue made previously in the narrative. The chemistry between Breslin and Eckhart was probably stronger than that between he and Zeta Jones (in a completely platonic way of course). It's a fine film to escape into, but nothing particularly special.

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