The Dinner (Blu-ray release 2017-8-8) is the third adaptation of a popular Dutch novel.   Two brothers and their wives are supposed to meet to discuss what to do with a crime their sons committed.  In this 2-hour movie, we don’t know what the crime is until 40 minutes into the movie.  Strangely when they meet they just waste time and do not get into the business until the last 30 minutes of the movie.  Although character development is important, spending three quarters of the duration for that without advancing the plot is overkill.  Dialogues are frequently interrupted, just as the flow of movie is frequently interrupted by flashbacks.  This is very annoying.  Whatever that made the novel worked must have gone from this movie.  In fact the ending is different, and it seems that important subplots are dropped.

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