A great cast and great writing can make any movie great. When you combine those two facts along with having little expectation for a movie you are bound to enjoy a film more than you thought you would.
Bad Times at the El Royale is a story about how 6 strangers all find themselves at the El Royale hotel (a hotel that borders Nevada and California) and this is where the suspense begins. El Royale has a very Quentin Tarantino feel to it and it reminds me so much like his movie The Hateful Eight. You are shown each individuals story through their eyes in the hotel but it is not linear so you are in for a wild ride of twists and turns which you never see coming. Chris Hemsworth and Jeff Bridges are outstanding in their roles but I felt that each cast member held their own and shined when they were on screen. Each character is either hiding or running from something and as the plot unwinds you will never be able to guess what happens going forward
You don’t get to see movies like this much anymore. I read an article that the last two years the top 10 highest grossing movies were sequels, reboots, or remakes. The only outsider was A Quiet Place (I blogged it earlier this year). So since movies that are original and are more about the writing and acting than about action and going after past movie successes it makes it hard to make these kinds of movies financially. That being said I loved Bad Time at the El Royale and it is one I would suggest everyone see.
Bad Times at the El Royale is receiving 8.4 buckets of popcorn