Beatriz at Dinner - 4 Stars
A surprisingly accurate, cutting, humours attack on certain people and attitudes in our society.
A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down.
Salma Hayek is an under appreciated actress, who here, finally gets to demonstrate her incredible craft. She plays a “good” person, a person who the audience is supposed to understand, empathise and relate to. She voices reasonable, normal opinions. John Lithgow plays Donald Trump an arrogant, right-wing, racist, evil, malicious business mogul who’s making a deal with the hosting family. Lithgow’s character essentially voices the extreme right. What ensues is a very awkward dinner, which seems more like a political debate. Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloe Sevigny and David Warshofsky play the rest of the dinner guests aptly.
It is remarkably funny, yet honest. The film is the first real comedy to come out of the Trump era without directly referring to him. Writer Mike White has chosen to embody his views through his characters, which works well, especially for a small budget film without a legal team.
Overall this indie film is funny, insightful and provides cause for thought.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Madman Entertainment