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.As good as "Get Out" was, "Us" is flat out better and far more ambitious. Not only is it eerily nightmarish, but it's also a lesson about the forgotten and the privileges we have over the less fortunate. Keep it coming, Jordan Peele.
Bad Times at the El Royale is very much so not a good time. It's a straight up slog at over 2 hours with no discernable plot or reasoning to connect the characters. Comparisons to Tarantino are just plain disrespectful. For that to be the case, there would have to be both style and substance. In Bad Times' case, style is only present.
If you're a 20-something in a dysfunctional family, struggling to find purpose, and meandering through life, you'll be delighted by its over the top script.
Paul Greengrass once again directs a fine retelling of a horrific day in our world's history and how a country rallied together to defy evil. We get a better understanding of motive and the emotional toll that was dealt, though to much attention is given to the perpetrator. However, 22 July could benefit greatly from a paring down of its 143 minute runtime.
It's a marriage in turmoil and on the brink due to uncontrollable circumstances. But, it's their hope and faith in one another that assures them everything will be okay. An unexpected house guest might just be the band aide this couple needed to pursue their dream of having a family.