*Mild spoilers here
In November of last year a movie called Widows (Juice Rating 87) came out and really was probably the most snubbed movie at the Oscars last year. That Movie was about a group of women who took over for their deceased husbands as leaders of their gang.
The Kitchen is a movie about three women who take over an Irish gang after their husbands go to jail.
When you see a movie with Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elizabeth Moss you’re honestly expecting an Oscar contender. To be honest this is another in a line of mediocre movies here in the month of August. First time director Andrea Berloff showed some creative moments, but this movie was messy and had some very awkward dialogue.
As I said above these women take over the Irish gang and within minutes in the movie become the baddest bitches in Hells Kitchen. None of it feels natural though and the story moves at a pace that just really makes it hard for the viewer to keep up with. There are some shocking moments that will keep you on your toes, but the story really was a let down.
Stock Down – Melissa McCarthy shined in a dramatic role last year being nominated for Best Actress in Can You Ever Forgive Me. This role just did not feel like her at all though, and it was the first time I genuinely did not like her in a movie. That sucks because I obviously lover as an actress.
Stock Neutral – Tiffany Haddish is having a wild year, she has been in three animated movies and now this. Huh? For someone who had such a breakout last year, this has been a very odd follow up. She plays the quasi villain in this, but the twist comes out of nowhere and it just did not work. Acting wise though I thought she did the best of the three women.
Stock Down – I hate to do it to Elizabeth Moss but man her accent was toughhhhhhhh in this movie. She had a very weird role and seemed to be going for it, but it was a miss for me. I still think her scene in Us was some of the best acting I have seen all year.
*A couple other tidbits
- Love seeing Domhnall Gleeson getting work, but again he felt so oddly placed in every scene he was in.
- Playing “This is a Mans World” in the opening set the corny and odd tone for the rest of the movie.
- Common…WTF man
This movie has an interesting premise, albeit we have seen it recently, but it just misses on a lot of technical aspects. For all the star power I wish this movie just had a little bit more flair to it.
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