Bad Times at he El Royale (2018)

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Bad Times at the El Royale

October usually signifies the turning point of the year where we start gearing towards the memorable blockbusters and the academy darlings of the year. I really was excited to see Bad Times at the El Royale because the trailer does a job of not letting you know what to expect in the film but still showing you the type of adventure to expect. Also, please give me Dakota Johnson anytime (I dub this month her month with the highly anticipated Suspiria remake also coming out later this month).

The film is set within hotel located smack in between the Nevada and California border. This hotel, called the El Royale, is the site where seven strangers come together for a night involving all types of debauchery and craziness. The inhabitants of the hotel all have secrets and are not who they seem. Its hard to go more in depth with the plot outline of the film without giving away key elements of the film. The film also has a wonderful cast including Jeff Bridges,  Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, and Chris Hemsworth.

First thing I have to say is that there is never a dull moment at the El Royale. The hotel and locale looks wonderful, and seeing as how almost the entire movie takes place in the hotel it had to be alluring. The characters are all mysterious but that’s what draws you into them. You don’t see the twists and turns and character elements coming so the film keeps you going with its thrills. You really can’t be ready for some of the fast action and twists that come with the film. Its filled with good performances as well.

I am also super impressed with this incredibly original script, penned by Drew Goddard himself. Its got elements of everything and still there is a longing to know more that was not revealed. Not really surprised at how much I like this, the premise and trailers and cast did a wonderful time selling the film. Its a long film but surprisingly doesn’t feel its length because of the sheer investment I had in it.  I definitely recommend checking in for a night at the El Royale.

8/10

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