The Kitchen

“Just to be clear, now we run this neighborhood.”

New York, 1978, Hell’s Kitchen. The wives of Irish mobsters, Kathie Brennan, Ruby O’Carroll, and Claire Walsh, are struggling to support themselves after their husbands are arrested by the FBI. They are promised protection and support by the Irish mob but are not even given enough money to cover the rent. With nowhere left to turn the women band together and begin taking over the crime operations themselves. Much to the chagrin of their husbands and the mob.

The film is directed by newcomer Andrea Berloff who is credited with co-writing Straight Outta Compton. This is her directorial debut. The film stars big names like Melissa Mcarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Moss, and Domhnall Gleeson. The story is based on the graphic novel of the same name which was released by DC comics.

This film once again allows for unlikely characters to shine as the protagonists in a crime drama set in the seventies. Three women, one of who is a mother. In many ways, this recommendation is in praise of the graphic novel as well. The time period creates a more dramatic conflict between the women and the mobsters. There is a beautiful and visceral struggle for power and the imbalances that shift within this story. Overall from first glance, the film looks clever, tense, raw, real, stylish, and dynamic. Check out the trailer to see for yourselves.