SOUL KITCHEN film centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restauranteur, Zinos, whose cafe is second home to a motley crew of lovable eccentrics. When his girlfriend Nadine up and moves to Shanghai, a love-sick Zinos decides to fly after her, leaving his restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex-con brother Illias. Both decisions turn out disastrous: Illias gambles away the restaurant to a shady real estate agent, and Zinos finds Nadine with a new lover. If the brothers can stop arguing and get it together, the Soul Kitchen might still have one last chance at staying in business. The mayhem that follows is a hilariously entertaining story of self-realization, set to an irresistibly soulful soundtrack.
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First off, before I get into the proper review, I'd just like to say that
it's a testament to how enjoyable this film is, that I could really appreciate it despite the fact that my download had crap English subtitles. For each scene, I literally had to translate the translation.
Anyway, moving on.
Soul Kitchen is just pure, unadulterated, full-fat fun. Despite being a little rushed and disjointed at times, it is packed full of wacky, feel good humor, and is a joy to watch. Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) is the owner of a run-down restaurant in the middle of an industrial estate in Hamburg. The place is popular with the locals, but fails to…
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Week 4 „Still one place to go“
Film Soul kitchen utterly and completely corresponds to it's name.
It is a perfect example of extra-light genre film made with good taste. I always suggest it, when someone asks for a pleasant comedy for a cosy evening, due to it's total universality. Everyone would find something to relax his mind in this paradigmatic story of hard times, when life gives you just too much lemons, but you still eventually somehow manage to make a lemonade from all of them.
You can easily recommend it to your mate, to your grandma or to a total stranger and have no doubt they would have a good time watching this movie. It…
A feel-good film with groove, heart and soul (actually, more like funk) that stays with you for a long time. The characters a colourful, the use of music is perfect and the whole idea of the film is very likable.
With some minor adjustments it could have been a classic. Add a little more focus on the food, music, staff and the running of the restaurant, and drop some of the sub-plots involving crime and cash, and "woila!", you got yourself a little masterpiece!
Flawd, but what the heck! This was undoubtedly a great viewing experience, even though it has it's weaknesses. I was smiling and laughing the whole film through and when it ended I was begging for more. That's obviously a sign of quality in my opinion.
I wish this place existed in real life, I'd practically live there! :)
Nach Fatih Akins “Gegen die Wand” bin ich fest davon ausgegangen, dass man auch nach seinen folgenden Werken erst einmal drei Tage mit Depressionen zu Hause hockt. So leicht wollte sich der Herr aber scheinbar nicht in eine Schublade stecken lassen und so überraschte er uns zwischenzeitlich unter anderem sogar mit einem Gastspiel im Episodenwerk “New York, I Love You”, dem Nachfolger von “Paris, Je’ Taime”. Mit “Soul Kitchen” präsentiert uns Fatih Akin nun eine Komödie. Eine Komödie?
Mit einem lauten und deutlichen “Ja, man!” würde Zinos diese Frage beantworten. Er ist der Besitzer des leicht herunter gekommen Restaurants “Soul Kitchen”. Die Ausstattung ist vom Schrottplatz zusammen gesucht, die Soul Musik leiert über eine billige Kompakt-Anlage und im Mittelpunkt der…
German director Fatih Akin appears to have made his idea of an adult American comedy with this confection, complete with raunchy gags, an underdog protagonist, and a high polish. If it's ironic I completely missed the cues; this is made with a lot of heart and style, seemingly with a love for Yankee culture that can be seen just by taking in the 60s/70s soul-heavy soundtrack and visual style alone. Somehow, Akin appropriates that generic House of Apatow aesthetic and makes it pop. Kind of amazing. Despite not caring much about what passes for "mature" humor in cinemas these days, this variation on a theme is still entertaining enough, with a main character (played by Adam Bousdoukos) whose troubles, which…
Not bad but not great either. Not very deep or well plotted but it has its moments and the music is very good too. Worth a watch if you want to chill.
Good characters, not a bad plot, but it lacked a certain something. Not quite funny enough. Not quite compelling enough.
Wider Erwarten fand ich Soul Kitchen gar nicht mal so schlecht, ja, sogar ganz gut.
Director/writer Fatih Akin is a talent make no mistake In 2007 he gave us the excellent The Edge of Heaven and before that the arguably superior Head On.
But Soul Kitchen and Akin's attempt at comedy just doesn't work. Its simply not funny. Which is a little disappointing as I had pretty high expectations going into this one.
Se disfruta, tiene buena música, actores carismáticos y una trama bastante normal, pero entretenida y divertida. Nada del otro mundo, pero tampoco algo que me haga decir que perdí el tiempo.
Faith Akin's style is poignant as well as technically sound. It might not be his worthier renditions but some subtleties were engaging.
Formulaic but fun. Beautiful Hamburg, great soundtrack.