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- Apr 4, 2017
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Honestly, there’s a decent movie under all the baggage and slag that comes with Andrea Berloff’s The Kitchen. Based off of a very popular 8 volume issue from DC/Vertigo, the movie tries to imitate the girl power take over of Hell’s kitchen by a group of fed up house wives of some imprisoned Irish mobsters. In theory it makes for a fun movie (sadly I have no experience with the graphic novels so I can’t comment on them outside of the fact that they were popular and well received 4 years ago), but in practice it’s a bloated and cringey affair, leaving the audience wincing and feeling sorry for the actors and actresses rather than cheering for their characters.
Kathy Brennan (Melissa McCarthy), Ruby O’Carroll (Tiffany Haddish) and Claire Walsh (Elisabeth Moss) all have their world turned upside down when their Irish mobster husbands are sent away for three years, leaving them nearly destitute and begging for help from the rest of “the family”. Kathy is devastated at the loss of her husband for three years as she has 2 children to raise, while Ruby and Claire are a little bit happier since Claire’s husband beat her, and Ruby’s husband was a drunk. However, none of this was going to keep the three girls down, as they realize that THEY have just as much strength as their male counterparts, and decided to take over the mob duties of their husband.
Soon just taking over protection rackets isn’t enough for these three. Soon they’re waging war on the lieutenant in charge of their husband’s little group, and it’s time for these three girls to show who’s REALLY boss in Hell’s kitchen. Piece by piece and brick by brick, Ruby, Claire and Kathy take over all of midtown New York, accumulating power that their own husbands could never dream of. And it’s all theirs, as long as one of them doesn’t decide to start turning on the other and ruin what has made them great, as power inevitably wants to do.
Melissa McCarthy once again proves that she’s not a one trick comedian and actually has some acting talents. Her portrayal of the tough, yet emotionally vulnerable, Kathy is quite compelling. A move which makes her the best character in the whole movie, and sadly constrained by the painfully written script. Tiffany Haddish isn’t tooooo bad, but still feels annoying as her comedic roles portray her, and Elisabeth Moss just over acts the entire time. About the only GOOD thing I can say about the movie is the costume design and the set pieces. The production designs are absolutely IMMACULATE in regards to late 1970s culture. Clothes, backdrops, tinges of coloring on make it look truly authentic, and the editor is not just coating everything in a yellow and shag carpet green glow to tell us we’re supposed to be in the 70s.
Rated R for violence, language throughout and some sexual content
• Taking Over the Neighborhood
• Deleted Scene
The Kitchen is the perfect example that making a “by girls, for girls” film can be just as problematic and prone to failure as an all male one. Andrea Berloff’s attempt at remaking the 2015 comic run is clumsy and tone deaf, staggering from one scene to the next and trying it’s best to make us believe this is going to be the next Godfather. Instead we’re left feeling sorry for all involved in the project as they lumber around trying to be super mean and serious. It’s a movie that I really don’t feel most people are going to want to rent, and not because it’s a “horrible” movie, but more because it’s so boring and tone deaf that it’s forgotten by the time the credits have started rolling. Warner’s Blu-ray looks and sounds AMAZING, but the lack of extras and the cringe worthy movie itself still leaves me recommending to just skip it.
Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Domnhall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Jeremy Bobb, Bill Camp, Common
Directed by: Andrea Berloff
Written by: Andrea Berloff (Screenplay), Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle (Comics)
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, English DVS, French DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 102 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: November 5th, 2019
Recommendation: Skip It