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Deeper meaning of ending to Netflix's new number one movie has been explained

Deeper meaning of ending to Netflix's new number one movie has been explained

People have been watching The Kitchen on Netflix but some aren't sure what the ending is meant to mean

*Warning: Spoilers for The Kitchen and discussion of the film's ending to follow, read on at your own risk*

The Kitchen is the top film on Netflix in the UK right now and among those who've seen it the responses have been mixed, especially with the film's ending.

Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya co-directed The Kitchen alongside Kibwe Tavares, co-wrote it alongside Joe Murtagh and produced it with Daniel Emmerson.

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The film stars Kane Robinson (Kano) as Izi and Jedaiah Bannerman as young Benji as they live in the last social housing project in a future dystopian London, with Ian Wright playing DJ and local community leader Lord Kitchener.

Response to The Kitchen has been varied, with some saying they loved it, others saying they wanted their time back and some just plain confused as to what it was all in service of.

Those in the latter camp were particularly miffed about the movie's ending, with one viewer commenting 'how did it just end like that' and another saying they'd have liked the film more if it had a 'proper storyline and ending'.

The final shot of The Kitchen, but what does it mean?

As for the ending, let's discuss it so if you've still not seen the movie and want to avoid spoilers this really is your last chance to duck out.

Okie dokie, so at the end of The Kitchen (seriously, last chance to dodge spoilers) Izi has gone to find Benji after the police attempted to forcibly remove the local residents and agrees to be a father to the boy.

However, while they're doing this the police return to The Kitchen to have another go at forcibly evicting the people living there and the film ends with the door to the room Izi and Benji are in being broken down.

The final shot of the film is Izi turning to see who is charging in while he comforts Benji, and we don't see who has come for them.

Now the most obvious answer would be the police since they're currently trying to force people out of the building, with Den of Geek's Joe George suggesting that if this is the ending it's supposed to indicate that it doesn't matter to the police that Izi doesn't actually live in The Kitchen.

Should Izi have acted differently throughout the film?

By scrimping and saving, essentially doing everything 'right', Izi got out of London's last social housing project but in the end that doesn't matter to the police.

In the final scenes of The Kitchen, Izi has fought the police to try and protect Benji but if they don't leave they'll be forcibly removed.

However, George suggests that actually there's another way to read the ending and it would give a deeper meaning to that final moment of the film.

George suggests that the people breaking down the door are not the police, but instead are Kitchen residents who will try to attack Izi.

The writer notes that throughout the film the message of community and standing together has been hammered home, particularly by Lord Kitchener's broadcasts.

But during The Kitchen it appears as though Izi is often out for himself to the detriment of the community, and George suggests that Izi might be being punished for being a 'class traitor'.

You should have paid more attention to Lord Kitchener, Izi.

Basically the first thing that happens in the movie is Izi having a shower while Lord Kitchener announces that the community's water is limited, while his neighbours bang on the door and try to get him to stop.

If it's the police coming through that door then Izi should have stood with his community as his attempts to escape it have counted for nothing.

Meanwhile, if it's his former neighbours then he should have stood with his community as he's going to get his comeuppance for turning his back on them and looking out for himself throughout the film.

Whichever way you slice it, Izi should have done more to help his community.

The Kitchen is available to stream now on Netflix.

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