is a good time, full of twists and turns, though it’s not as satisfying as I would like. The basic plot is as follows: 7 strangers all arrive at a hotel built on the California and Nevada border. These include: a priest, a lounge singer, a vacuum sales man, a hippy, the bell hop, and a few others who come along. Every one has different reasons for being there, and as the plot thickens, their lives will never be the same. This is one of #JeffBridges
best roles in my opinion. He is a great actor, but in Bad Times his character has a few beautiful moments of vulnerability I don’t think a lesser actor could of pulled off. Relative newcomer #CynthiaErvio
really shines as the charming Darlene Sweet. #JonHamm
also do well. The big standout though has got to be #ChrisHemsworth
as the almost Satan-like Billy Lee, a cult leader who collects runaways and impressionable youth and turns them to violent ways. It was good to see him go against type and I relished his performance.
I do have issues. There are three main plot points in the film that I can’t give away due to spoilers, but none of them really feel complete. There are some interesting implications from some of them, but they seemed to not be brought full circle by the end. I think Bad Times is a tale of morality and how our choices effect our lives over time. It’s nice to see some stellar original filmmaking on screen, even if it falls a little flat at times.