I think I have been stalking The Kitchen for almost a year. I have been a fan of Elizabeth Moss since she was in The West Wing. Though some of her project choices make me think she might need some therapy. I went to a preview at the Grapevine Mills AMC 30 and I was not disappointed. The plot is the classic women finding their own when their men have gone away. As much as I disliked Melissa McCarthy (Kathy) in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, I liked her in this film. I think she should do more serious roles instead of those inane comedies. Her performances in both roles evoked strong emotion from the audience, whether it was positive or not. Tiffany Haddish (Ruby), also a comedian, did a fine job in her dramatic role. Moss (Claire) played her part with her usual aplomb. Annabella Sciorra has a couple of good scenes. I enjoyed that some of the moves the women made were not so far out there, as in Widows, where they became thieves in a week. Even Claire’s change seemed plausible. The twists were a little contrived. A little more back story would have given depth to that part of the story. A very skinny Domhall Gleeson, Common (The Hate U Give), James Badge Dale, Bill Camp (Vice) and the other male actors kept their place – just there to help when needed. This isn’t a drop everything movie, but it was worth the trip.
Our Rating for “The Kitchen”
The wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison.
“The Kitchen” trailer
|Principle Cast||Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish, Domhall Gleeson, Common|
|Screenwriter||Andrea Berloff, based on the comic books by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle|
|Cinematographer||Maryse Alberti (Chappaquiddick) – cinematography|
|Editor||Christopher Tellefsen – editing|
|Production Companies||New Line Cinema, Bron Creative, Michael De Luca Productions|
|Run Time||102 minutes|
|Genre||Action, Crime, Drama|
|Premier||August 9, 2019|