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Skate Kitchen Blu-ray Review

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“Skate Kitchen” is a solid coming-of-age story.

“Skate Kitchen” follows an 18 year old Long Island female skater named Camille who befriends a NY female skater crew known as the Skate Kitchen. While she’s happy to find people she can connect with, she begins to have troubles at home due to a strained relationship with her mother. Moreover, Camille also finds herself in a position that alienates her friends. Can Camille patch up the problems in her life?

Having previously directed the documentary film “The Wolfpack” (which I can’t recommend enough), director Crystal Moselle makes her scripted feature length debut with “Skate Kitchen.” Unsurprisingly, the movie has a documentary esque vibe as it all feels very authentic and grounded. If I had to compare it to something, I would say it feels like early Richard Linklater in that it’s less of a traditional narrative and more of a free flowing story. The story itself definitely goes for a realistic, day-in-the-life look at a female teenager who is navigating life, trying to find herself, connecting with friends, exploring her sexuality, getting into trouble, making mistakes, being glued to Instagram, etc. There aren’t a lot of movies out there that really try to capture the life of a teenage girl in a non Hollywood fashion so it’s refreshing to see “Skate Kitchen” do so. Granted that style of filmmaking may be seen as meandering to some, but for those with an open mind, they’ll find a soulful movie.

With the exception of Elizabeth Rodriguez of “Orange Is The New Black” fame and Jaden Smith (who has a decent sized role), the cast is largely comprised of young actors on the rise. The two biggest stand-outs here are Rachelle Vinberg as the lead Camille and the scene-stealing Nina Moran as Kurt whose bold on screen personality is sure to make her a breakout star in the future.

If I had to make one minor nitpick, I would say 15 or so minutes probably could have been trimmed out to tighten up the pacing. There are a few scenes that feel like filler and the movie would have worked just as well without them.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? A quality hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track does the job especially when during skating scenes.

Extras:
* Magnolia Home Entertainment trailers
* 11 minutes of deleted scenes.
* Photo gallery.
* “Behind The Scenes: Skate Park Shoot”- A collection of set footage from the skate park shooting location.
* “Behind The Scenes: Chinatown Stunt Shoot”- Same format as above only a different location.

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November 24, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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