This is a nice well crafted thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very end. Everyone is in top form here as we go on this rollercoaster ride with them. Music is used superbly in this film as well. Definitely something that needs more than one viewing.
El Royale perfectly exemplifies what I like to call “the jukebox problem”: it’s a great shuffle machine, capable of creating sporadic excitement when /that/ song plays. But in the end, it doesn’t have the consistency and vision that the journey of listening to an album offers, providing a frustrating, incoherent, and rhapsodic experience. (cont'd)
Slap "Tarantinoesque!" on the stream icon's cover image. Some great moments. First shot prepares you for its pacing. It will test your patience and occasionally startle you with clever force. Still, follows a recipe: stuff a bunch of Actors in, sprinkle in very Actorly speeches, add dollops of vague political commentary, showy symmetrical shots, ultraviolence, and have a real jukebox play all 60s hits. Vpomo muchwow
Despite finding that the film's pace was dragged down by its formulaic and (mostly) predictable third act, I found Bad Times At The El Royale to be a thoroughly entertaining and cool as hell thriller. Drew Goddard manages to shuffle between the many storylines with a surprising sense of ease and style, managing to pull out a great amount of tension from most of the situations that demand so
I honestly really enjoyed this movie. It has a noir-ish feel to it in the form of its non linear vignette structure, and while the tension in the beginning sort of disappears by the time you get to the end, the interesting characters/back stories and final conflict hold it together. I also love the aesthetic.