Bad Times at the El Royale ★★★

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE lived up to its name when the theater’s audio decided to cut out permanently in the third act, with 15 minutes left. I got enough out of it to say this PULP FICTION wannabe doesn’t fully come alive until a shirtless Chris Hemsworth comes on screen. It meanders too much despite impressive camera work, editing and musical choices. It has a lot of coolness to it but no substance. Did I mention Chris Hemsworth? God he’s so electric in this. His work in the third act raises the score up a half star for me.