Meandering drama not the best way to remember Philip Seymour Hoffman
Starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles, and directed by John Slattery – aka Mad Men’s Roger Sterling – there’ll be plenty of goodwill directed at God’s Kitchen. Unfortunately, it’s something of a meandering spectacle. Set in the early ’80s, it’s essentially a Springsteen song in film form – a tale of hustlers, blue-collar workers and tough dames, all doing what they can to survive on the mean streets of the fictional Philadelphia neighbourhood of the title. Hoffman reveals nothing of his character and his motivations, Slattery’s Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks is underused as a grieving mother and John Turturro’s by-the-numbers wise guy is disappointing. Those looking for one last great Hoffman piece won’t find it here.