Hot Take: It’s alright… if you’re looking for a Quentin Tarantino cover band.

There was a time when Quentin Tarantino first showed up that everyone thought it would be cool to cop his style. It’s less frequent these days but rarely has it been more obvious than with Bad Times at the El Royale, the latest from Drew Goddard. With a robust 141 minutes of content, the ensemble cast featuring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Lewis Pullman, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny and Jon Hamm has so many Tarantino-esque moments that harken back to his most recent work in The Hateful Eight but also Four Rooms, Pulp Fiction and others. Essentially, for this viewer, I spent too much time comparing Goddard’s work to Tarantino’s and not enough enjoying what happened to be unfolding on screen. For some, it might not be that big of a deal but it lost something and felt more imitation than homage.Read More →