The Kitchen (2019)


“Bunch of men that have forgotten what family means.” – Kathy

“So we remind them.” – Ruby

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After their husbands are arrested, three women take over the crime control business of their neighborhood in New York during the 1970’s.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about when it came about and the premise sounded interesting.

The idea actually is a good one and it manages to work largely due to the performances between the three lead actresses – Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elizabeth Moss.

The story of this movie is based on a graphic novel of the same name and even though this film isn’t based on a real story, they find a way to make things feel and seem quite realistic within the world of New York City in the 70’s.

Each of the three lead characters are very diverse in their personalities and family situations and they find intriguing ways to have them interact with one another as the story unfolds and that adds to the suspense pf it all.

The biggest problem here tho is the fact that the story loses its momentum half way through and something that had lots of potential falls short of its ultimate goal.

The fast paced thrilling aspects pf the first half are lost and the second half brings things to a lackluster and predictable direction and climax which is a shame.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works largely due to the performances of the three leads. This story is based on a graphic novel of the same name and despite not being based on fact finds a way to feel quite plausible most of the way through.  The three characters are all quite diverse and they find interesting ways to have them interact with one another along the way which adds to the story. Unfortunately tho this film ultimately doesn’t work as well as one might hope and falls short of its goal and fails to find a way to stay thrilling all the way through.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first live action theatrically released movie from DC to be rated R since Watchmen (2009). The Joker (2019) is R rated as well, so there are two R rated DC releases in 2019. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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