Movie Review: No Reservations

Derived from the 1991 film Mostly Martha, No Reservations is really more of a drama than a romantic comedy-- It's very serious and the romance is just peripheral.

Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Kate, a very uptight executive chef in a restaurant called 22 Bleecker. She's single and undergoing therapy and her life experiences more upheaval when she unexpectedly gains custody of her niece (Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin). The first 40 minutes of the movie will focus on the changes in Kate's life and work as she tries to be a mother figure.

The reason why I say the romance is peripheral because Aaron Eckhart, the leading man, does not appear midway to the movie. The chemistry between his character, Nick, and Kate is very bland despite the fact that Nick is supposed to be the spontaneous foil to Kate. I was also hoping to see more kitchen scenes for the two.

Romantic comedy buffs will find No Reservations too dragging and too painstaking. I seriously feel the movie did not maximize the whole chefs in love angle and I think cooking concept idea was a good one, but this movie doesn't quite pan out.

Rating: 2/5

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