Guess who’s coming to dinner. This is what is on everyone’s mind in the new offbeat dramedy Beatriz at Dinner, a quirky little film that not only presents an amusing premise but actually tackles some very timely issues. The film stars Salma Hayek in a role that seems tailor-made for the gorgeous actress and John Lithgow is in fine form here as he simply chews up the scenery. The film is smart, funny, full of terrific performances and really in a league of its own.
There is really something truly great about female action heroes. Hot chicks with guns who kick ass provide for some of the more entertaining cinematic fare. Women scorned who get revenge on predominantly male oppressors has been a crowd-pleasing formula for decades. From the Pam Grier blaxploitation flicks of the 1970s to Sigourney Weaver in the Alien franchise to Jennifer Lawrence in the more recent The Hunger Games films, let’s face it, audiences like to see strong women on film strike back against evil. The new Salma Hayek actioner Everly is just what the people want and it is certainly a bloody good time. Sure, it bears a striking resemblance to Kill Bill but that’s okay because it delivers the goods and then some.