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

1. The Self-Indulgent Runtime

Bad Times At The El Royale Chris Hemsworth

It's pretty damn surprising that Bad Times at the El Royale clocks in at a beefy 141 minutes, considering how such an epic runtime is typically only reserved for auteur filmmakers and big-budget tentpole movies.

According to Goddard himself, Fox was very forthcoming with allowing him to make the movie he wanted to, not forcing to trim the movie down to a more manageable length.

And as great as that is, there are definitely a few scenes that feel a little on the over-indulgent side. While for the most part the long runtime gives Goddard the freedom to craft a deliberate, character-driven affair in the vein of a Tarantino movie, there are some moments where the balance is a little off and it feels like things should be progressing with more respect for the audience's time.

Again, not a major issue given how impressive the film is for the most part, but it could certainly do with some light trimming here and there.

And now, here's everything the movie nails...


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