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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

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Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.

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Drew Goddard

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Drew Goddard
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Father Daniel Flynn / Dock O'Kelly
Cynthia Erivo ... Darlene Sweet
Dakota Johnson ... Emily Summerspring
Jon Hamm ... Laramie Seymour Sullivan
Chris Hemsworth ... Billy Lee
Cailee Spaeny ... Rose Summerspring
Lewis Pullman ... Miles Miller
Nick Offerman ... Felix O'Kelly
Xavier Dolan ... Buddy Sunday
Shea Whigham ... Dr. Woodbury Laurence
Mark O'Brien ... Larsen Rogers
Charles Halford ... Sammy Wilds
Jim O'Heir ... Milton Wyrick
Gerry Nairn Gerry Nairn ... Reporter Paul Kraemer
Alvina August ... Vesta Shears
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Six strangers, (Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny and Lewis Pullman) each with their own secrets, meet at the El Royale hotel of Lake Tahoe. Taking place over one night, alliances are made and secrets are revealed.

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Seven strangers. Seven secrets. All roads lead here.


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Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

All the cast - and writer-director Drew Goddard - took a pay cut in order to get the film made. See more »

Goofs

Removing a spark plug or coil wire would not make the starter spin slowly, as Darlene's car's does. See more »

Quotes

[Billy Lee initiates a sadistic game of life-or-death roulette, gambling the lives of Emily and Miles]
Billy Lee: Pick a color, Em, I'm not asking again. Pick a color. Pick a color.
Emily Summerspring: Red.
Billy Lee: I guess that makes you black, altar boy.
Miles Miller: What? No, no, no!
Billy Lee: Come here. You got some prayers, you can say 'em now.
[Billy removes the gag from Miles' mouth]
Miles Miller: Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I have done so much worse than you know.
Father Daniel Flynn: Kid...
Miles Miller: Father Flynn, I have sinned and I repent. Forgive me, Father. I have sinned and I... ...
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Crazy Credits

There are almost no opening credits. Only the film's title is shown after the first scene. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Unchained Melody
Written by Hy Zaret & Alex North
Performed by Cynthia Erivo
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Check in to the El Royale!
4 October 2018 | by ptheaulSee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see a sneak preview of 'Bad Times at the El Royale' thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse.

If you've seen 'Cabin in the Woods' then you have a good idea of what director Drew Goddard brings to the table. He brings that same sense of style and flare to the El Royale. The film looks great and hooks you in from the start. If I had to describe the feel, I'd say it's Tarantino meets Hitchcock. It takes its time introducing and fleshing out the characters while unfolding the plot in a way that's always interesting. The revelations are put together with a ton of craft and it has a great mix of dark comedy. A little long towards the end but the pay off is worth it.

Speaking of characters, the cast is fantastic. Jon Hamm brings his 'Mad Men' charm along with a dash of great comedic timing. Jeff Bridges gives one of his best roles since 'True Grit' and he has great chemistry with Cynthia Erivo. Their scenes together are some of the best and this is sure to be a breakout role for her. Same goes for Lewis Pullman who plays the Hotel everything(you'll get the joke when you see it) as he delivers a purposefully awkward but strong character. Chris Hemsworth gives us something that we haven't seen from him before but the less said about that, the better. Dakota Johnson and Cailee Spaeny were a mixed bag for me. They had some great scenes but the characters were my least favorite.

Another star in the film is the perfect soundtrack. Not only because of the song choices themselves but also how they are intertwined with the flow and action of the scenes.

If you're looking for something fresh and different, this is one to check out as soon as possible. One of my favorites of the year. Its one that is difficult to review without giving away too much, so I'll just wrap this up. I look forward to watching it again.

8 out of 10.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,132,647, 14 October 2018

Gross USA:

$17,839,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,882,724
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Dolby Atmos

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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