Bad Times at the El Royale

I think Bad Times fits into the pure entertainment category of films. I’m not sure it has a lot to say beyond its own story. But, it is so so so well executed. It’s riveting and satisfying and filled with great performances from its ensemble cast. It’s a strong argument against the sequels and reboots that dominate the theaters.

The non-linear story telling is the main draw here. The story structure perfectly controls the tension and release by feeding you information out of the natural order. It also creates "ah ha!" moments by showing us scenes from different angles. You remain engaged because there are no slow bits although the actual plot isn’t frantic.

Jeff Bridges really stands out with his performance. There are moments where he tells the truth in the middle of a greater lie and you can feel the difference.

This should have been a hit, it’s great!