I was very intrigued by the premise of "Beatriz at Dinner". I thought it looked like a funny, thought-provoking satire. After watching the film, I found that I was missed on the film.
I thought that this film was going to be a dialogue-oriented comedy. Instead, it's a heavily metaphorical, almost completely talky drama. Almost all of the parts that are funny were included in the trailer. It's amazing what a couple of funny lines and a light score did in misrepresenting the film. The first hour of the film, I was just disappointed that it was nowhere near as funny as I had expected, and nowhere near as interesting. Then it took a strange turn. The end of this film was really weird, even for me. Throughout the film, there were metaphors involving goats and a woman paddling a canoe, and they came to a nonsensical head at the end of the film. It just didn't make much sense to me, and I didn't think it worked. I didn't think the character development was particularly strong, either. The characters are really just a bunch of archetypes thrown into a situation.
The execution of the film was fine, though. The cinematography makes the most of the limited location, and the production design is very elegant. Despite weak characters, I think that the acting was really great. Salma Hayek shows the passion that is required for the character. John Lithgow is fittingly sarcastic and plays the arrogance very well. Connie Britton, Chloë Sevigny, and Jay Duplass are good in supporting roles, too.
Overall, I was very disappointed by "Beatriz at Dinner". It isn't horrible, but it's not very funny, and it's just really weird as a whole. I felt cheated by the bad advertising.
Beatriz at Dinner
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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