BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (MA15+) A night that goes for­ever and a stay US, 142 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FASHION -

Al­ter­nately in­trigu­ing and in­fu­ri­at­ing, this hard­boiled mys­tery-noir af­fair is not here for a good time. It is here for a long time, tak­ing a big, fat two-hours-twenty to flat­ten all pos­si­ble wrin­kles from a thin, pa­pery premise. The year is 1969 at an out-of-the-way ho­tel sit­ting smack-bang on the Ne­vada-Cal­i­for­nia bor­der. A hand­ful of freaky guests are check­ing in for the night. One of them will be un­wit­tingly stay­ing in a room where a huge whack of stolen cash is stashed un­der the floor­boards. An­other will be schem­ing to ac­cess the suite and get their paws on that sweet dough. Think of it as a lot­tery with a death sen­tence for those who don’t win. Among the con­tes­tants are a trav­el­ling sales­man (Jon Hamm), a priest (Jeff Bridges), a soul singer (Cyn­thia Erivo) and a tough-talk­ing femme (Dakota John­son). They’ll later be joined by a Charles Man­son-ish cult leader (a scen­esteal­ing Chris Hemsworth) to force a clear re­sult and a fi­nal body count. Be very pa­tient, and a flam­boy­antly strange fi­nale might still pay its way.

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