Motel Hell: Bad Times at the El Royale

Chris Hemsworth Bad Times at the El Royale (20th Century Fox)
A jigsaw-puzzle narrative doesn’t make Drew Goddard’s thriller work.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A  twisty period thriller set almost entirely in a motel circa 1969, Bad Times at the El Royale is one of those films that have “passion project” stamped all over them. I’m glad such films exist and wish more Hollywood movies would break away from the gravitational pull of endless remakes, sequels, and adaptations of stories from other media. Drew Goddard, on the basis of his scripts for Cloverfield, World War Z, and The Martian, has made enough money for the studios that they owe him a shot at indulging a whim that doesn’t fit into any of the accepted blockbuster


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