I came in to this film relatively blind. I saw the trailer but read nothing on Bad Times at the El Royale and I’m glad I didn’t learn anything more about it because it held so many surprises that I enjoyed it more because of it. It’s the kind of movie where the surprises make everything.
Read my full review here: Mayhem, Truth, and Redemption at the Center of ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ (ClickTheCity).
The pacing is slow but confident. It draws out the scenes but for full effect. It reveals very little at a time, which I think is what director Drew Goddard wanted. He wanted us to revel in the feeling of unsureness. Because there are many things that surprise us and we are just totally at the mercy of this film where nothing you can expect happens.
And that’s fun too. It’s great to not be in control of an experience. And even if he puts up through this, Goddard and company gives us a big, powerful ending with a great big heart.
I’m quite amazed by how this made me feel and the wonderful performances, most especially by Cynthia Erivo, who I now can’t wait to see in Widows because she is such a presence.
And the film has some of the best uses of music I’ve seen.
And even if it’s not your type of film, just watching Chris Hemsworth’s gorgeous face and body, and playing a character that is so far from what he’s done before just makes this movie even more enjoyable.