No Reservations is the story of a top chef whose life is changed by a niece she inherits and a suave sous-chef.
Of course, that doesn’t take away from this movie. It is bland enough on its own.
The film suffers from a predictable story arc that never seems to reach an emotional peak. It’s a smooth simmer from start to finish and accomplishes nothing to remember it by. Just about all has been done in the world of rom-coms, and this doesn’t even reheat the genre.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is still as beautiful as ever. She gets a chance to try a little drama with a little comedy, and convinces us she’s experienced in both. But CZT doesn’t exhibit anything memorable, simply plodding along the formula like a chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Aaron Eckhart plays the smirking sous-chef that rescues her from the lonely, workaholic lifestyle. However, he doesn’t stir much emotion out of her, and the romance in “romantic comedy” is severely lacking.
However, we never feel for any of these characters because the stylish cinematography is mixed with an overabundance of bad montages.