Bad Times At The El Royale (2018)
Synopsis: The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers -- a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee -- converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong
This. Movie. Was. Slept. On. To be honest, I had no intention of seeing Bad Times At The El Royale myself as, from what I can remember, the advertising made it seem more action than substance and I’d barely heard anything about it. Having seen it out of boredom anyways, I can say with 100% certainty that you people need to wake up. This is not just some generic action and/or crime film with boring grey colors and an ultimately forgettable plot, but rather, a refreshingly original and exciting thriller with numerous memorable characters and moments. Even if the mysterious hook in the first scene didn’t grab me right away, the stylish 70’s noir aesthetic fit with perfect shot, music, and color choices definitely held my attention. Splitting the story up into chunks based on each character keeps things engaging and, with help from great casting and performances, makes just about everyone complex and interesting. On top of providing well-delivered twists and turns, the story has a lot of good themes about right and wrong that I’m not going to spoil. Actually, I’m not going to spoil anything any further because the surprises are a lot of what makes this so fun. Definitely don’t watch the trailer either for that same reason. My one nitpick is that some scenes can go on for too long, and yeah, the movie in general is pretty long, but be happy I’m positive for once. I loved every second of it and it’s prolly my favorite of last year. Wake up and go watch Bad Times At The El Royale, guys. You can sleep later.
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