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100 WORD FILM REVIEW / Bad Times at the El Royale

 Image © 20th Century Fox

Image © 20th Century Fox

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE: B

After giving us the genre-bending Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard takes a stab at the neo-noir with Bad Times at the El Royale. Although elaborate in its narrative setup, the film falters from time to time. While acting is mostly solid across the board—especially by Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo—pacing drags considerably and emotional moments do not always click in this story about strangers who convene upon a rundown hotel for different nefarious motives. Despite these detractors, the film is freshly original, full of tension and dark humor. It is an enjoyable reprieve from mainstream dribble that constitutes studiofare.

Sean Woodard, Staff Writer


Bad Times at the El Royale

Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth

Written and Directed by Drew Goddard

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