The Kitchen Review: Female Gangster Flick Fizzles
The Kitchen is the film adaptation of the DC Vertigo graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. The premise gives a female perspective to the traditional, machismo infused ethnic gangster flick. A vacuous plot and utterly predictable execution wastes the formidable talents of a top tier cast. The film takes place in New York City Hell Kitchen during the late seventies. Kevin (James Badge Dale) is the ringleader and son of the mob neighborhood matriarch (Margo Martindale). She best friends with Claire (Elizabeth Moss) and Ruby (Tiffany Haddish), the wives of Rob and Kevin. In that sense, The Kitchen works better as a pulp action film with a girl power message. The Kitchen is produced by New Line Cinema and DC Films with distribution by Warner Bros. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Movieweb.
Published August 8, 2019
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