TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - October 9, 2018
About a month ago, I would've told you that Bad Times at the El Royale was high on my list of films to see this fall. Then I discovered that the second film from Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard runs two hours and twenty minutes, and all the air went out of my enthusiasm balloon.
On the plus side, the ad campaign for this flick has somehow managed to keep all of the major twists under wraps, not bad considering how spoiler-tastic the ads were for Cabin in the Woods. It's also got a hell of a cast and it looks like it could be a lot of fun. I just don't see how a film like this can maintain that air of suspense and mystery for nearly two and a half hours. Believe me when I tell you that I would love to be wrong about this, but it just seems like overkill to me.
If you're like me and are intrigued by this flick but turned off by the running time, allow me to let you know that Johnny English Strikes Again is only 88 minutes. Imagine that, you could go see a movie and still have time left in your day to do pretty much anything you want.
Bad Times at the El Royale opens Thursday night.