Ain't nothing but a good time
Seldom do we ever get mystery movies these days and rarely are they any good or provide any intriguing twists. Along comes Bad Times at the El Royale, coming from the mind of Drew Goddard, a mystery flick that boasts some great substance with style. Set in the late 1960s, seven complete strangers, each with a story to tell, cross paths at the El Royale, a once famous hotel hiding a shady history. It's at this secretive place where the strangers will congregate and their pasts will be brought to light. At certain points, El Royale feels like it's paying homage to classic Tarantino titles like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs while weaving an intricate yarn of riddles and secrets with some interesting characters. The pace is a bit slow but the build up is great thanks to Goddard's snappy writing and creative film-editing to keep the pace intriguing and viewers guessing. The cast is an all-around fantastic mix, each pulling in some fine performances and at least one moment where they steal the show. Bad Times at the El Royale isn't for everyone, and not many will have the patience to sit through its' near 2 1/2 hour run time, but for those who do will definitely enjoy the ride.