Blu-ray Review: BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE Is An Uneven But Well Made Neo-Noir - Movies In Focus
You can’t say that Drew Goddard did not put his all his effort into Bad Times At The El Royale. The writer-director has delivered a captivating neo-noir and while it’s a little uneven, it does deliver. This 1960s-set mystery is a good looking pic, with great performances but it feels like Goddard has actually given us too much. A running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes means that this one location thriller out-stays its running time by about thirty minutes, and the last act feels more like a way of wrapping things up than an ending which truly serves what has gone before. It’s a shame because there’s so much to enjoy from Goddard’s film. A group of strangers (Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm) meet at The El Royale, a past its prime hotel that straddles the California/Nevada border. They all have secrets and soon the bad times begin to roll. The plot of Bad Times At The El Royale seems complex on the surface, but when you peel back the layers (flashbacks, chapters etc) it’s a pretty basic yarn. However, it is a film where every actor brings their A-game. Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson and Jon [...]