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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018): The Things I Liked…

Bad Times At The El Royale (2018), Jon Hamm, 20th Century Fox
Bad Times At The El Royale (2018), Jon Hamm, 20th Century Fox

Set in a rundown hotel with a dark past, Bad Times At Hotel El Royale, the story of seven strangers with secrets to bury and one last shot at redemption is a movie I can’t say I enjoyed a lot. 

There were moments of beautiful cinematography and the absolutely divine brown suede coat on Dakota Johnson’s characters back. I also liked the pay-off in regards to the story of Mile’s Miller, the one hotel employee and what he was found to be capable of. Even though all the characters were well-acted, it was only really Miles Miller, the one hotel employee who’s story most intrigued me, and luckily, kind of paid off in a way that thrilled and surprised.

Where scenes are concerned, the one when Cynthia Erivo’s Darlene completely verbally sizes up Chris Hemsworth’s Billy Lee. That’s a great moment because of the dialogue and Billy Lee’s inability to deny the truth.

As for what I liked quite a bit less in director Drew Goddard’s film, I didn’t enjoy the way the story was structured. I was annoyed by how pointless continuing to watch felt at times as a result. The film’s length, pace, basically the absence of a thoroughly engaging structure / natural flow for the entirety of the movie were the key lowlights.

I say if you’re really curious, give Bad Times At Hotel El Royale a chance. Perhaps you’ll find much to love. For me, my mind often went to other movies I’ve seen that featured many characters but remained thrillingly engaging throughout. I just wish I could name an even more suitable example than Magnolia (1999) right now…

Happy Film Loving 

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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018): New Trailer From Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo…

Bad Times At The El Royale (2018), Chris Hemsworth
Bad Times At The El Royale (2018), Chris Hemsworth


Read my spoiler-free movie review of Bad Times At The El Royale  (2018).


Directed by Drew Goddard, new thriller Bad Times At The El Royale is set in a rundown hotel with a dark past. A hotel where seven strangers with secrets to bury have one last shot at redemption – before everything goes to hell.

Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo star…

With such a great cast and promising trailer, I say bring on the style, colour and madness.

Nick Offerman, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman and Bethany Brown also star.

Bad Times At The El Royale Release Dates: October 5th, 2018 (US); October 12th, 2018 (UK)…

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