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Bad Times at the El Royale
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption......  View more >

Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson...  View more >

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Oct 15, 2018
Oct 16, 2018
Let the bad times roll at the El Royale. A movie which reminded me of some of the works by Quentin Tarantino. Writer and director Drew Goddard must have learn how to make this movie from Tarantino himself. the film centers on a run-down motel called the El Royale which is located on the boarder between Nevada and California. There is a boarder line between the lines which stretches from the parking lot and right inside the hotel. the only difference between the room in Nevada and California, those who want room on the California pay one dollar more. the film centers on seven strangers. Each one has a skeleton in their closet. A peacher, two sisters a singer, traveling salesman and the manager who over see the motel. these people have one thing that is connected and that is the missing stolen money that is hidden in the motel. Drew Goddard who wrote and directed this movie has crafted a incrediable movie with a impressive with includes Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges and Dakota Johnson among the cast. Each person has a story to tell with flashbacks to explain why they're at the motel in the first. this movie is incrediable with plot twist up until the end. One of the best movies of 2018.
Oct 17, 2018
Director Drew Goddard has made a Quentin Tarantino tribute movie in "Bad Times at the El Royale" but makes the mistake in shifting the tone of the movie from dark comedy to decidedly darker thriller as it comes around to its conclusion.

Whereas Tarantino successfully combines violence with humor for a consistently dark but enjoyable approach to moviemaking, Goddard seems to want to make an offbeat comedy with a hint of darkness, but then leans on the latter too heavily. It's hard to go there when you've created likeable characters and then sacrifice them without really good reason.

The highlight of the movie was Cynthia Erivo, who we'll see next in Widows. Her singing is by far the best part of the movie, and her interaction with the always likeable Jeff Bridges elevates the entire production. I'll throw an honorable mention in for Dakota Johnson, who portrays her character with the right balance of intensity and mystery (which is hashed out in a series of flashbacks).

If there had been some way for the last part of the movie to continue the tone it established, I think I would have come in with a See Now! rating since it started so well. I think it's worth renting, but you may want to have a backup handy just in case. Given that it doesn't start disappointing until it's almost too late, you'll likely have to watch the entire affair and judge for yourself whether it was a good choice or not.

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