Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide, and neither will ever be the same.
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The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
What a horrible way to tell a story! Seriously! If you're trying to demonstrate the division from the privileged to those in our society who have been mistreated then this didn't do it. The main character almost comes off annoying when she should be the hero. Her long moments of observations are almost inappropriate and makes others feel uncomfortable when those who are bragging about how the abuse people in society should be the ones we are questioning throughout the movie. There was something very uncomfortable about this movie. The way the main character is trying to convey her message is extremely frustrating. The ending is even worst! I could go on. What a waste!!!!!
First of all, the acting is amazing. However, the story and plot is what really spoiled this movie for me. The story is very flat, there are good people and bad people and no complex character or complexity in the plot. Completely predictable. There are no layers to the story. You end up not caring about any of the characters, but also get pissed off at them all, both left and right. Very uninteresting movie.
The plot was a little slow but kept moving. John Lithgow was developed as the unsympathetic developer. But the other characters were one-dimensional, and worst of all, Hayak's performance evoked no emotion whatsoever. She was never able to make me feel any loss over her murdered goat, or the loss of other animals and humanity and the Lithgow character represented. A missed opportunity.
I like Salma Hayek and really want her to be successful, especially as a woman and as a latina in Hollywood--both very absent. This movie, though, was terrible. It was slow moving, and I wasn't happy about the ending at all. The background of her character wasn't clear, and i didn't understand who she was talking to in her phone call and what that whole history was..I disagree it's Salma's best, she is a good actress, but this role did not help her. I hope Salma chooses her roles more carefully and reaches Oscar award winner status very soon.