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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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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

"Flynn" was also Jeff Bridges's character's name in TRON (1982). See more »

Goofs

Laramie is shown going down a flight of stairs from the staff hall off reception to get to the camera gallery. But everything is at ground level, based on Laramie's view of reception & Emily's car as she arrives; and Darlene's view past that car to Emily's mirror. See more »

Quotes

Father Daniel Flynn: Alright, yeah, I think it's some kind of pervert hotel.
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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

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies You Missed in 2018 (2019) See more »

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The Letter
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson
Performed by The Box Tops
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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1 October 2018 | by Yee_ReviewsSee all my reviews

Good: The time period 1969 provides a great stylistic approach to a hotel that has property on both California and Nevada, which adds to the idea of having a good side and a bad side and the hotel also creates a sense of entrapment. The cinematography is great as it makes slow pans to unveil the secrets of the characters and the El Royale. The hotel, costume design, and soundtrack help create a nostalgic setting. The directing and editing are also well done when incorporating sound/music to scenes especially when Cynthia Ervio sings. Erivo's musical performance is filled with heart and soul and helps develop the character and conveys her emotions. Other standouts are Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth just has a charming presence and provides the slight dark tone of his character. Bridges plays his character well as he connects with Erivo and tries to execute his actions. However, the rest of the cast have trouble making their appearance known...

Bad: At a whopping 2h 20m runtime, the film is a slow burn where it takes a painstakingly long time to make it to the end and even the finale becomes a disappointment. At times it tries to be funny, but the humor is not a standout in this film. There is a lack of emotional pull to the characters which is evident in the finale where the characters are still not fully developed. The concept was there, but the creativity lacked, which ended up in poor execution.

Overall: Style over substance. I wanted to like this movie for the trailer was great with its editing, soundtrack, and cast, but does not live up to Drew Godard's directing predecessor "The Cabin in the Woods," or have the writing creativity from "The Martian." The film reminded me a lot of Quentin Tarantino films as it was divided into chapters and had the same style with flashback stories to gain background, however, I would rather watch "Hateful Eight," or any of Tarantino films that have excellent dialogue and action.

2.9/5 (Not fresh)


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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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2.39 : 1
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