No Reservations

First Hit: And no reservations will be needed to see this film. Title role miscast and the original German version "Mostly Martha" so much better.

Catherine Zeta-Jones has been much better in other films (Entrapment comes to mind).

In this film I think she is miscast. For some reason I didn’t “get” that she was this great chef with this temperament.

What I got was the temperment. Aaron Eckhart is a funny foil to her part and does save part of the film by making the scenes somewhat human. However, I didn’t buy his being an opera fan and I’m not sure why this didn’t work. I also didn’t really understand the fight they had and if they had simply spoken to each other, like any couple would have it would have easily been resolved.

The fight seemed contrived and simply a way to bring them back together is a bigger way. Abigail Breslin plays the young girl who loses her mother and her hiding under the bed and her solitariness worked for me. I did enjoy the scenes that included her.

Overall: I wouldn’t recommend spending any money or theater time watching this film.