“No Reservation” Bon A’ petite

Genres: Comedy and Remake
Release Date:
July 27th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating:
PG for some sensuality and language.
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Directed by: Scott Hicks

JJ Rating: B+

A head chief is very particular with how she runs her kitchen. Then an accident puts her niece in her care. When she returns to work she finds there’s another chief and she becomes annoyed with how he runs the kitchen. Though he does end up helping her niece to open up, so she decides he’s not so bad. No Reservation.

I liked it. I like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, and Abigail Breslin. I like the movies they’ve been in. This is a remake of a 2001 film called Bella Martha which means Mostly Martha in English from German. I have not seen that film so I cannot make any comparisons.

No Reservations is charming and simple. There is not a whole lot of complexity to it and the story is very smoothly told. There are simple moments like when Zeta-Jones and Breslin watch a video together in silence but they both convey a lot of emotions. There is growth in the characters from the beginning to the end. They start off jagged and then after they all spend time together they start to smooth out the other character’s jagged sides making them smoother like a diamond after it comes out of the rough.

USA Weekend stated that Zeta-Jones worked as a server at Fiamma Osteria in New York for this movie. The people she waited on would comment on how she looked so much like Catherine Zeta-Jones and she’d say that she gets that all the time. I think that’s awesome that some actors feel the need to do that so that they can understand more about the role they are about to play. That makes actors a Jack of all Trades so to speak because of the willingness to try. Knowing that sort of makes me like her more than I already did. I just like that depth of work on a movie instead of just going in and reading lines and performing.

There’s nothing horrible that I can say about the movie. I like the acting that goes in the movie and I think the script does a good job of telling the story. This is just one of those simple movies that have a simple point of how ridged people may get a wrench thrown in what they believe to be a perfect life. Life isn’t simple enough to plan it out step by step. Things happen and those things are what life is really about. How do you handle those things and situations they tend to alter?

I do like No Reservations and I just might rent Bella Martha to see how different it is or how similar it is. I do not believe I’ll be purchasing the movie. It is a feel good movie and it’s funny because it has funny moments with Zeta-Jones being head strong with customers that don’t know what they are talking about.

It’s not one of those movies that are more than the fluff that the trailer presents, so most likely if you did not like the trailer you will not like No Reservations. I suggest you pass it up. To me it was worth the money I paid and I’d see it again if the opportunity presented itself. I think that it delivers what it promises and unlike the customers in the movie it’s not over cooked or, in movie terms I suppose, over done it’s just right. Bon a’ petite.

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