No Reservations

Rating = B-

The is a Hollywood remake of “Mostly Martha” which was in German. It is a very accurate remake, although a few things a explained slightly more, a useful part of the story (about the father) is left out, and a couple of other partial scenes are left out. It is not as good a movie as “Mostly Martha.” In particular, Aaron Eckhart is not nearly as good in the role of the Italian chef as Sergio Castellitto was in the earlier film. Catherine Zeta-Jones is fine in her role, but Martina Gedeck was better yet. And Castellitto and Gedeck had much better “chemistry” than Eckhart and Zeta-Jones do. If I had not seen “Mostly Martha” first, I might have thought “No Reservations” should have a higher rating.