Drew Goddard is one of my favourite writer working right now. I think he’s one of these writers who knows how to make a good twist happen. And so I was really excited for Bad Time at the El Royale and for the most part, it did meet my expectation but I was just waiting for more. Maybe I had too high expectations.
I was waiting for a payoff that never really came. I was just expecting a big twist like no one but Drew Goddard can do them and it just never came. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. So often, I found myself really enjoying the film. The acting and story almost made me forget that it was so long, almost.
The acting in this really elevates the whole film. It’s really interesting to see really well established names like Bridges or even Hemsworth act against newcomers like Johnson (I know she was in Fifty Shades but I choose to ignore those) and Erivo. Not because it shows where they are in their career but because they all give such standout performances that you are totally emerge in the film.
I have to say that a lot of this movie will stay with me. The acting, the set design, the cinematography, the direction. These are all thing I loved about it but even that couldn’t help me sometimes feel like it was going forever and have me waiting for something that never came.
I think Bad Times at the El Royale suffered from the expectations that I decided to put on it. It’s not a bad movie, it’s not perfect but it’s not as bad as I think it is. It’s actually really enjoyable if you don’t know who Drew is and forget that it runs maybe half an hour too long.