My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:
11. Henry Kent in Falling (2005)
Creepy character, but except for the last 20 minutes when his true nature is revealed to Daisy, the conman as played by MK is actually quite the charmer and extremely entertaining to watch.
According to this Sunday Mail article on Falling, Michael Kitchen joked about his role:
It’s probably goodbye to the fan base – I can’t see either of them approving of this.
Writing this as a member of his considerably greater than two person fan base, I not only approve, but tidbits like these really make me wish we had access to more of MK’s witty, self-deprecating sense of humor.
Henry’s failure to get his way with Daisy leads to his abrupt expulsion from her life, but the setback appears likely to be only temporary for the smooth-talking fraudster, who’s back to his old tricks in no time.
Just reminding myself, after the last few posts, how irresistible Henry Kent can be when he sets his mind to it.
Seriously, who could resist that face!
Just this one critic who I think needs to have his eyes examined!
Michael Kitchen not charming? Really? He needs his eyes and ears examined! Even when he’s playing killer roles, I’ve heard him called charming.
Yep, Michael Kitchen and charm pretty much go hand in hand no matter what role he’s playing.
Alongside Daisy, we learn the horrific truth about Henry and how for years he cruelly exploited his ex-wife, Hazel, another gullible woman entirely besotted with him who in the end barely escaped with her life.
Henry Kent’s mask finally slips completely to expose the warped mind of a man operating under the delusion that he’s God’s gift to women and should be compensated accordingly — or else…
The critic from The Guardian likened MK’s eyes in this scene to “blue poached eggs”.
Henry’s sudden outburst reveals a crack in his veneer that shocks Daisy and her friends.
I’d put off watching Falling because I didn’t relish watching Michael Kitchen play yet another bad guy. As it turned out, though, the nature of his role required him to be utterly charming throughout most of the movie, so MK was a joy to watch. And then there was this riot of a scene in which Henry takes a break from his gentlemanly alter ego, and MK makes him look like a naughty schoolboy playing hooky. I burst out laughing at MK’s lascivious expressions while flipping through what must be a real porn magazine. Just the incongruity of MK ogling “Asian Babes” is enough to make me giggle.
MK looking at the Asian Babe magazine is one of my favourite scenes from Falling.His expressions are priceless, and always make me laugh out loud. You can tell he really enjoys those slightly comedic touches which he does so well. What an expressive face that Man has!
I would even go so far as to say it’s my favorite scene in Falling. MK really gets far too few opportunities to do comedy, which I agree he obviously enjoys. So as I’ve noted before, I’m really hoping that AH can bring back some lighter moments when he writes FWS9. Even better would be another starring role for MK in a film along the lines of Reckless, Alibi, or Falling.
The impending arrival of Daisy’s friends throws a wrench in Henry’s plans. The last thing he wants is to spend a weekend with them, and helping Daisy with her preparations in the way she’s come to expect of him just adds insult to injury. So when Daisy all but orders him to mow the lawn, he responds here with seething resentment and then proceeds to storm out in a huff, pulling his cap down on his head so hard that for a moment he’s quite literally blinded by his fury.