No Reservations (2007)

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No Reservations (2007)
  • Time: 104 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Scott Hicks
  • Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Patricia Clarkson

Storyline:

Kate is a terrific chef at a Manhattan restaurant, sent to therapy by the restaurant owner because she is cold, unyielding, rule-bound, and a pain in the neck. Kate’s world is flipped over when her only sister dies and her ten-year-old niece, Zoe, comes to live with her. As Kate struggles to be a parent to a grief-stricken child, the one world she used to control – the restaurant kitchen – is changed utterly by the restaurant’s hiring a second chef, the loose, operatic, Italian-trained Nick, who claims it’s an honor to work in Kate’s kitchen but who she suspects wants to replace her. Can the music of Puccini and the taste of good pasta soften Kate’s heart?

One review

  • No Reservations is a 2007 film directed by Scott Hicks. The movie stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, and Abigail Breslin. It is a film about a Master Chef named Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones) that runs the kitchen in a large high end restaurant in Manhattan. Her whole life is her job and she lives to work and not work to live. However, she gets quite a shock when her sister suddenly dies in an accident which leaves her to take care of her school age niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin). She struggles throughout the movie to split her time evenly between her niece and the job she loves so much, and has a difficult time giving her niece the parental attention that she needs. However, a young, funny, and attractive new opera loving sous-chef named Nick (Aaron Eckhart) comes into the restaurant and sparks Kate’s interest. Nick gets along with Zoe and Kate begins falling for him. However, tension rises when the manager of the restaurant offers nick Kate’s job.

    This is a move that has a range of different emotions. The film can be funny, touching, and also sad. All in all the plot of the movie was very interesting, however it is very cliché and predictable. As soon as the young attractive new sous-chef entered into the movie, we automatically knew that Kate was going to fall for him, even though at that time in the movie, she hated him. You can see where the film is going all of the time.

    Catherine Zeta Jones does a very nice job playing Kate. She portrays the intense personality very accurately and hits the nail on the head playing a head chef. She and Abigail Breslin work great together and you can tell that there is a connection between the two. Aaron Eckhart’s character did a very good job complimenting both of the characters of Kate and Zoe and I believe that he was a good choice to play that role. Nevertheless, I feel that Aaron did not give his character as much definition as Abigail and Catherine. He could have been more clear and pronounced with his emotions and actions at many times in the film in order to tell us exactly who his character was.

    The lighting and sound brought a nice touch to the movie and helped to give it life. It aided in portraying the different emotions in the film. When the scene was supposed to be depressing, the lighting was dark to bring down the mood. When there was scene that was supposed to look hopeful, the setting was very bright with exciting movement and music. The logistics of the movie were worked out very well.

    Even though the film was predictable in most parts, the story line is very warm and welcoming. It is a move that you will want to see time and time again and will not want to walk away from your TV screen when it is on. The movie is a happy ending film that will make you feel good inside after watching it, even though there won’t be many surprises or any suspense in the film.

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