The Movie: 7/10
Ladies in the house! Extortion isn’t just for the boys anymore. Watch out for Hell’s Kitchen’s newest crew. This isn’t a new kind of story. Small time thugs and criminals dominate the neighborhoods. It’s the 70’s so part of the story is just how much permission the white tough guys had to treat everyone so shitty like women, African Americans, let’s be honest, in these fictional depictions, everyone who wasn’t them.
A bit part of the story is that these women are left to fend for themselves when their men go to jail, and finding a way to do that was not easy. So, what did they do? Turn to crime and social justice and improving the community, but not with cookies and cakes and being polite.
The cast is excellent. There are moments when I felt it was a bit like a stage play, a bit hammy or caricatures of what we have been lead to believe are the tough guys and gals of the world they created. Even with the melodrama at times, it’s solid and compelling, and there are even a few surprises, so that was good. It felt forced from time to time and the bubble of suspended belief had a few cracks in it.
If you want to see a new take on a criminal boss kind of story, The Kitchen has a lot to offer. I guess it just wasn’t that memorable for me. Which is a shame because I enjoyed the movie watching experience of it, but it didn’t leave much of an impact beyond that.
- Running Hell’s Kitchen(9 Minutes) –Director and cast discuss the graphic novel and the violent tone of the film.
- Taking Over The Neighborhood (5 Minutes) – A look at how the cast and crew dealt with a 1970’s New York City.
- Deleted Scene (1 Minute) – One deleted scene that does not bring much.
- Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
The Kitchen comes to Blu-ray in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio and uses an AVC encode that looks great in 1080P. The film is very dark at times and often its hard to see what is happening. It’s a recurring theme these days that DP’s like to use natural lighting, hey guy that is all well and good but not if we can’t see what is going on. The color pallet and skin tones are good and I saw no signs of macro-blocking.
The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio Mix used here is strong and dynamic and very accurate and directional. LFE is used sparingly during music or action.
Overall Score 7/10