As far as comic movies go, it seems in the past few years that DC keeps falling behind in the race. But instead of trying to bring super heroes off the page, they’ve taken a different approach and instead taken the stories of The Kitchen from the Vertigo comic book series to the big screen.
The Kitchen brings the story of three wives of mobsters to life. After their husbands are sent to prison for three years by the FBI, Claire, Kathy and Ruby have to come up with a way to support themselves and their families. The new leader of the Irish Mafia doesn’t want to take care of them, despite his promises, so the women must take matters into their own hands.
Unlike other DC movies that have come out recently, The Kitchen is not one that you want to take your kids to. The movie is graphic, violent, full of cursing and racial slurs. Based in the Hells Kitchen neighborhood in New York City in the 1970’s, the story takes you back to what the area was like and the feeling of the times.
What The Kitchen does bring to the table is a gritty and entertaining movie with a strong cast. Expect a lot of blood, and a lot of death, just like any other mob movie that we’ve seen in the past. But it is paired with layers of different story lines, double crossing and character developments you wouldn’t expect coming. The story will keep you entertained through the whole movie, and with relatable characters you’ll be pulled into their stories.
Unlike any of the other comic book based movie over the past decade, The Kitchen doesn’t soften the story for the family audience. It offers a strong story, that wont be predictable for viewers. There are no super heroes, but relatable characters and a story that is fun to watch unfold. Yes, it’s dark. Yes, it’s gritty. But it’s one of the best releases for DC in the past few years and one you will want to watch again.
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About the Kitchen:
Based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, the film stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, with Margo Martindale, Common, and Bill Camp, Jeremy Bobb, E.J. Bonilla, Wayne Duvall, Annabella Sciorra, Myk Watford. Directed by Andrea Berloff. (WARNER BROS.)
This film is rated R.