Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale

If The Cabin in the Woods rips open genre convention and our relationship with monsters, then this gazes into America's blistered, vacant soul. Goddard is a brilliant deconstructionist; a multi-perspective, genre-bending tribute, begging for love and hope to survive the carnage, promising redemption if we discard the hollow figures dictating existence. Neon-caressed rain highlighting grime and washing away filth.

Trauma and vulnerability a uniter against the oppressor, a structural boxing-in of genre(s), spilling into each other, hoping for a future. Emotionally and narratively dense, but also very playful, with a cyanide humor and a terrific cast. I'm saying a lot of nothing but this feels major.

Basically, put Dakota Johnson in everything.

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