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Bad Times at the El Royale tries hard to be a Tarantinoesque type of film, but it fails in their dialogue which can drag a little, regardless, I wasn’t bored!!!
Rating: 4 Stars
What I Like:
-What really makes this movie watchable is the strong acting they have, most notably with Jeff Bridges as Father Flynn and I was really impressed with Cynthia Erivo as Darlene Sweet, the director really makes her story and singing a huge bright spot which I have enjoyed big time, and her chemistry with Father Flynn, though strange, really worked out in the end
The So So:
-It really tries hard to be a Quinton Tarantino type of film, with the non linear storyline, the violence, and the dialogue, though what really affected it was the dialogue which dragged a lot, mainly because you have to ask yourself, why should I care? Is there a purpose to this? Honestly, for the most part, there is no real purpose in what their saying, very minimal, and because of that it strongly fails as a Tarantinoesque type of movie, it wasn’t boring whatsoever, but it lacked that type of depth
What I Didn’t Like:
-Like a Tarantino movie, it shows a story in a non linear type of style with each character having their own unique purpose, and for most stories I was interested to see what happens, as the roads lead up to the main ending, I thought it was too simple and lacks a common goal for everyone, that is the biggest difference with it and a Tarantino movie which made the ending an interesting drag to say the least, sometimes I’m not a fan of the non linear story telling, it’s hard to make it done right
Yes, I have been comparing this movie a lot to the style of Quinton Tarantino’s movies. It does have a lot of its traits, however, it wasn’t executed well mainly because of its dialogue and payoff. With all that said, I wasn’t bored it kept me engaged throughout the whole ordeal. The strong acting is what kept it engaging, and end up pulling for characters you hope will survive in the end. I was satisfied, but far from being blown away. It is the thought that counts, I guess!!!
Rating: 4 Stars
(Sidenote: Adrift- This survivor film starring Shailene Woodley about being shipwrecked drifting through the sea. You do get some strong acting by Woodley, and some decent action with lovely sunset cinematography. However, I really thought the romance part of the film was really corny. Balance both together and you get an ok film from me. It is paced very well to watch and not get bored!!!
Rating: 3 Stars)