No Reservations - a quick bite
This film features one of Catherine Zeta-Jones's more accessible characters (Kate), a chef with a driven, Type A, personality who suddenly has to take care of her niece after tragedy strikes. Life changes for Kate and her niece Zoey and through their unlikely pairing, Kate finds herself open to change, albeit begrudgingly. Unlike most of Zeta-Jones's films, she gets to carry this film on her shoulders, and she does a good job, and it's refreshing to see her downplay her looks, often looking like she wasn't wearing much make-up, in concurrence with her character's career as the head chef. Abigail Breslin is a scene-stealer in practically every one of her scenes, and Aaron Eckhardt is more than up to the task in his role as a fellow chef and potential romantic interest for Kate.
It's not the most original of premises, but the performances and cast chemistry make it an easy film to digest. I left the theater very hungry for steak.
I give it 2.75 stars or a grade of B-.
Last edited by Patman; 07-29-07 at 12:13 AM.