Bad Times at the El Royale ★★★★

Pure cinematic delight, capturing the paranoid madness of 70s zeitgeist under the umbrella of a mystery-thriller.

The patient pacing is utter bliss, and the film's intelligently entertaining writing somehow balances classic Hollywood and Tarantino without ever feeling insufferable. Jeff Bridges and Dakota Johnson are standouts (Chris Hemsworth is pretty good, more convincing when he keeps his mouth shut). Also contains some of the most lucidly-realized camera movements of 2018.

Would make for a fun double feature with David Robert Mitchell's Under the Silver Lake (if that ever gets properly released in the US).

It's a real shame this performed so poorly, as in many ways it represents the dismal future of the largely extinct mid-budget studio movie.

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