A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.A teenaged skateboarder makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.
- (as CJ Ortiz)
Kai Espion Monroe
- (as Kai Monroe)
It's easy to get lost in its world thanks to a palpable atmosphere and a tangible chemistry between its cast.
'Skate Kitchen (2018)' can be slow and it tends to meander but there's almost constantly a palpable sense of chemistry between its core players, the eponymous 'Skate Kitchen' (who each essentially play fictionalised versions of themselves). There's also a tangible, quite inviting atmosphere that perforates pretty much every scene, from the subtle and harmonious moments to the brash and loud ones. The flick falls into the category of film where the plot essentially comes second to the characters, as we're pretty much just put in the same space as them and allowed to experience what they do and how they feel when they're at they're most vulnerable. This works wonders purely because it all feels markedly 'real', not to mention suitably inclusive. This is helped by the fact that everyone except Jaden Smith does their own skating and that it's all suitably impressive, to boot. Everything just feels somewhat relaxed and it's easy to get drawn into the world. However, the narrative does wrap itself up pretty quickly and conventionally in a way that doesn't feel all that natural to what was previously established. There is also some unfortunate glamorisation of drug use. The experience isn't exactly riveting, either, even if it's usually engaging and generally entertaining. 7/10
- Sep 30, 2018
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