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Thursday, July 22, 2010

[7.25/10] Soul Kitchen (2009)

Soul Kitchen (2009)

Short review: "Soul Kitchen" is like a breath of fresh air amongst all the Hollywood-ish crappy comedies, released in the past few years. German-Turkish director Fatih Akin's latest film is a lighthearted, original (as its title) and ultra-hilarious comedy, that celebrates the joy of life, good food, good music and sex. Set in In Hamburg, "Soul Kitchen" tells the story of a German-Greek chef, Zinos, who unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef. This film might not be the near-masterpiece "Head-On" was, but it's a pure entertainment and a joy to watch. It showcases director's sense of place and his big love for Hamburg in exquisite glimpses of the beautiful city. The soundtrack is one of movie's highlights and probably one of the best I've ever heard. The characters in "Soul Kitchen" are complex, realistic, eccentric and full of temperament! Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Ünel, Lucia Faust, Nadine Krüger - the entire cast deliver exceptional performances, with Adam Bousdoukos as the lead character being the best of the bunch. The script is smart, witty and hilarious, with the exception of film's ending, which was a bit of a let down. Overall, "Soul Kitchen" is 'cooked' and spiced so well, it's like a food for the senses!

  • My Rating: 7.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
  • IMDb: 7.4/10

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