I always appreciate when a movie is genuinely surprising. It ends with a bit of a fizzle after a middling final act (made entirely watchable by an awesome Chris Hemsworth performance), but it is pretty stylish and has some very interesting directorial choices. There are some awesome shots that perfectly (often literally) reflect the ideas the film conveys, as a whole. The performances are pretty stellar across the board (always nice to see Hamm and Cynthia Erivo has a bright future ahead of her). I had a Pretty Good Time at the El Royale!
The first hour-and-half-or-so is SO perfect at being a freakin’ movie. Moving in its joyfullness and honesty. Then the SNL scene happens and we get these scenes that drag for about 45 minutes and then the end was a total gut punch. Haven’t seen eyes that red and puffy leaving the theater in a long time.