Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thoughts on Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale is like a tame Tarantino film. Some of the actors are having fun with the material while others seem to be sleepwalking. There are moments of violence surrounded by dialogue that adds nothing save some weak character development. The whole plot seems odd and aimless without much central conflict. The pacing is painfully slow and full of filler.  I am not sure why Dakota Johnson is on screen. She is awful. The movie lacks any cinematic tension. The cast is a mixture of people who actually want this movie to succeed and others seem to be just crusing for a paycheck. Lewis Pullman is seriously performing circles around most of the cast. It’s a fine rental if you got a lot of time to piss away.

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