Review: The Kitchen

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Title: The Kitchen
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Andrea Berloff
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss
Runtime: 1 hr 42 mins

What It Is: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book this sees three mob associates go to jail and now their wives Kathy (McCarthy), Ruby (Haddish) and Claire (Moss) are left to pick up the pieces. When the mob fails to provide them with a livable wage…they take matters into their own hands. Now, these three women essentially run Hell’s Kitchen. As the Italian mob out of Brooklyn breaths down their neck their husbands are almost out. How will they react to this entire situation?

What We Think: Oh man this thing is bad. The script is paper-thin. There’s just nothing in this outside of the plot. We go from point to point to the bloody point. This cast deserves a better script. I don’t find Berloff to be any good behind the camera either. You really wouldn’t even know what exactly is happening nor do you honestly care. There’s no earnestness in the story and no intrigue in the words. Its bowling shoe ugly from a visual perspective. Like legitimately I watched this and wondered what I was seeing.

Our Grade: D+, A sad meandering disappointment of a film. Top to bottom there’s a talented cast of Oscar and Emmy nominees and winners here. This might be further proof that Warner Bros has no idea what they’re doing with these DC properties. The Vertigo imprint is far more grounded and even those properties just haven’t clicked. There are six of these and arguably A History of Violence is the only good one. Television has been far friendlier. Don’t see this. It’s an utter waste of time and talent. Maybe throw on literally anything else available and it’ll prove a better time.

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