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…
My favourite thing about directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s action / comedy 21 Jump Street is… I want to say ‘everything’ because I really had a great time watching this movie. Nevertheless, if I had to choose one thing, its of course the beautiful bromance between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters. They play two under achieving cops who are sent back to high school to bring down a synthetic drug ring. It’s a good balance of comedy and action with a soft-ish centre of good old fashioned brotherly bonding.
In addition to co-stars Ice Cube and Johnny Depp, another highlight for me was recognising a younger Brie Larson among the cast. Watch 21 Jump Street for the fun bromance. Though it’s definitely not number one on my top ten bromance movies list (because Pineapple Express (2008)rules); it is a fun and funny ‘adults back in high school’ movie experience with a side of undercover cop action.
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Fred Armisen, Alison Brie and Dave Franco, The Little Hours is a new comedy set in the middle ages. The story follows a young servant who is fleeing from his master and takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns…
I want to find out where writer / director Jeff Baena goes with this seemingly crazy story. Maybe it’ll become one of my favourite comedies. Maybe…?
Nick Offerman, John C Reilly, Kate Micucci and Molly Shannon also star.
Besides the fun clips in the trailer, I found Sing to be quite forgettable. The story is based on the numerous characters involved in a singing competition, which if successful will help the organiser save his failing theatre.
The reason I didn’t completely enjoy Sing, even though I was moved and amused in parts is because I just didn’t find the story and most of the characters that entertaining or interesting; something to do with how stereotypical most of them are, I’m sure. The fact that I’m also that person who doesn’t enjoy watching televised singing competitions surely has something to do with it. Additionally, there’s a part of me that didn’t buy into Matthew McConaughey’s voice and / or performance as the Koala.
The main highlight about Sing, for me has nothing to do with the music. I loved the mommy piggy (Reese Witherspoon) and her ingenuity when no one else was available to take care of her piglets. I also adore her performance partner, another cute piggy; you know, the one in the red sequinned leotard and gold sequinned sweatsuit that you fell in love with in the trailers.
You’ll very likely have a better time watching sing if you enjoy singing competitions. If you’re not that person, I hope you like it anyway, should you decide to tune in.