Film: Bad Times at the El Royale
Directed By: Drew Goddard
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, and Nick Offerman.
Key Details:Released in 2018, Rated R, Feels like a Tarantino film but it’s not.
Ratings: IMDB: 7.1/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 74% Metacritic: 60% Google Users: 87%
My Rating: 4/10, While being a great film there are a few slow parts in the film making it feel longer than it is.
Summary in a Tweet: One hotel, Two States, Four Guests and a web of secrets create a thrilling off the beaten path film that will leave you wondering what just happened?
Have I watched this before?: Yes, we watched it in the theater and have purchased the film. It’s a dark enjoyable film that has some good depth and food for thought in it.
What Could Have Been Better: Parts of this story felt slow which made for some dull times. That is my biggest feedback on what could have been better in the film. Also, more Jon Hamm.
What I loved: I enjoyed the story that was built around each character as we learn more about them. We find each of them have a bigger story than meets the eye when we are first introduced to them in the lobby. The setting was perfect, a hotel tucked into the mountains straddled between two states with a shadow of a hotel employee managing the secluded area.
Each of the actors stand out as strong spokes on the wheel that is Bad Times at the El Royale. Seeing Jeff Bridges portraying an aging priest just trying to figure his way around the hotel made an interesting adventure. Seeing Cynthia Erivo stand tall as a leading actress combining her talent as a singer and actress was a beautiful medley that was an asset to the strength of this film. Despite their short appearances Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, and Nick Oferman add depth to the film allowing for the thrilling elements to add extra value through mystery and fear. Dakota Johnson holds her own as a big sister and all around badass that should be noted.
Final Thoughts: While I mentioned that Bad Times at the El Royale moved a bit slower than I would have liked we watched a visual masterpiece with great sound effects, a strong cast and a beautiful story that is unfolded scene by scene. I recommend watching this film at least once if you’re looking for a film that will build suspense and mystery in a smart way leaving you with a taste of a Tarantino-esque vibe. Expect the unexpected while watching Bad Times at the El Royale.
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