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Bad Times At The El Royale Review

That last 20%, the final act, isn’t so much of a letdown as it is a leveling off from the previous high. And yes, too much of this is attributed to Chris Hemsworth’s character, and I’d really need a second viewing to deduce if the issue lies in the casting of Hemsworth, or the construction of the part he’s asked to play. Still, by the time we reach that finale, we’re already drunk on the rich characters, the unusual setting, the twisty surprises and the exquisite performances (particularly by Bridges and Erivo, who are both captivating). Drew Goddard winds Bad Times at the El Royale tight, like a jack in the box, and man, is it a delight every time he allows that clown to pop out and surprise us.

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