know where to go after setting up all of the characters. It adds a plot line that doesn't seem like it belongs. There is a constant tug of war happening between interesting, and uninteresting plot developments.
When the movie finally ends, you will not feel satisfied. Sure, you get some decent performances. The guy who works at the hotel was a sleeper hit for me and became one of my favorite performances. John Ham continues to look amazing but not create enough of a presence for me on screen. Everyone else seemed like they could be doing a better job. Whether that came down to how they were directed, how the movie was edited, or whatever their agents want to say, it all seemed weak.
This movie balances out though. There are lots of small moments where the movie clicks. Small moments where characters get to strut breathes life into the movie. The aesthetic is pleasing but doesn't go as far as I wanted it to go. It tries to be a movie that plays with expectations but doesn't do enough different to come off as smart. The overall experience comes up short which makes it easy to point out all of its flaws. Bad Times at the El Royale is not a bad movie, it just isn't a decent one.
Do I have to remind you that a 5 is neutral, neither positive nor negative?