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 Bad Times at the El Royale 

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 Bad Times at the El Royale 
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Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American neo-noir mystery thriller film written and directed by Drew Goddard. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman and Chris Hemsworth, and follows seven strangers who each are hiding dark secrets that come to a head on one night in a shady hotel. It premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 27, 2018, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 12, 2018.


Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:42 pm
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Pretty entertaining and the cast is good, it just doesn't come together in a memorable way. Felt characters were flat and the film didn't really need to be 140+ minutes.


Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:01 pm
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Yeah this should have been two hours tops, but man is it engaging. I was honestly never bored and the mystery aspect is great. I really wanted to know what was going on, and how everything was going to come together in the end which ended up being pretty damn satisfying. That third act was something else and the performances all around are very solid with two of the best being Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo. I also thought Chris Hemsworth really shined in his villainous, cult leader role as well and I wouldn't mind seeing the dude play more roles like this.

B+


Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:58 pm
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It’s good up until you realise that its homage to Tarrantino is more competitive than playful. The writing is reasonable, but it stinks of self-conscious target hitting. Eventually devolves into a “look how clever this script is”, and the exposition style the director uses is just as shallow as it was on Lost, where he started out as a writer.

It wants to be more than pulp entertainment, so it eventually misses achieving even that much. It’s very audience needy. Some things are smart and entertaining in isolation, but it all ends up feeling like a less talented Tarrantino rip-off, by a JJ Abrams graduate who thinks he’s written something as good or better; like as if the Get Shorty director thought he was directing something as good as Pulp Fiction.

Case in point: the hotel attendent ending up being some fucking war hero with perfect aim. “How many people have you killed?” Bordered on cringeworthy.

It’s good when it’s not trying to be great.

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Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:11 pm
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Decent flick, it has a lot of good ingredients but they just don't mix together well enough to fulfill their potential. The script, cast and score are all pleasant, but not excellent and I guess it's mainly because of an overkill on the run time. It seems it would have really benefited from a faster pace and quicker resolution of events to make the most of it. Especially because it feels it has the right intentions and is well made for the most part, but the slow build-up and also just moderate finale make it a bit underwhelming eventually.

B-


Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:49 pm
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I get the impression Goddard thinks this film is cleverer than it actually is, and I think he had hoped it would become a sort of cult favourite, such as a Fargo or L.A. Confidential. Unfortunately, it never will. With that being said, there is a lot to enjoy in Bad Times at the El Royale. It features nobody that I particularly like. Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth ... all kinda meh. The most disappointing character is probably Hemsworth as the Charles Manson type. But none of them are particularly intriguing. But overall the film has a cool atmosphere with crisp dialogue and palatable non-linear storytelling. It ends badly, though. And it's such a shame because it was building to something that could have been excellent. No twist (or reveal) ever catches a gasp. It's all fairly pedestrian, and that's why it won't be remembered as the modern crime gem that its runtime and marketing suggested it might be. Also none of its plot strands are given closure.


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Surprising... slow at the beginning... then 180 degree U turn... decent actor's performance.
Nice environment... back and forward storyline ... enjoyable.... (I suck in critics hahahaha)

Can I say between B- and C+?

Cheers....


Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:20 am
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Cool, sure, you can grade it whatever you like.


Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:32 am
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Two hours and thirty minutes of nothin’.

It’s got style though.


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