Bad Times At The El Royale Review: 6 Ups & 2 Downs


2. The Payoff Isn't That Satisfying

Bad Times At The El Royale Jeff Bridges

This is most certainly a movie where the journey is more important than the destination, because all the various plot threads and character arcs don't really converge into a particularly satisfying finale.

Though there's a clear resolution to the story, some of the beats end up feeling a bit rushed and forced, and overall the conclusion just feels a little ordinary compared to the wit and subversion of the previous two-plus hours.

That's not to say the ending is bad by any means, just that it lacks the punch of what came before and feels like a bit of a shoulder shrug. Not a deal breaker, but it definitely could've been more impactful and interesting.


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