Gripping labyrinthine curio.
- Bad Times at the El Royale review by CS
Told from multiple perspectives in an overlapping time frame, revisiting the same event from different points of view, this was an engaging film which was at times shocking in its use of unexpected violence. The film starts with different characters turning up at a hotel that has its share of secrets, and plays out in the different rooms occupied by the guests. Jeff Bridges is superb - as ever - and the quality of the acting and cast (Jon Hamm among others) kept me engaged throughout. Weird it absolutely was, but in an entertaining way. Good fun.
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Overlong + tricksy whodunnit thriller in a dodgy early 70s hotel
- Bad Times at the El Royale review by PV
The first thing to say about this film is that it's too long at over 2 hours, like so many Hollywood movies.
This has got rave reviews but I found it tiresome the longer it went on. It's al a dream fantasy really and desperately tries to squeeze in too much incl racial politics (yawn!), cult leaders like Waco, the FBI, an armed robbery backstory, feminism, child abuse, Motown, Viet Nam, religion, and even a hinted-at JFK element. Too much really. This could and maybe should have been 2 movies - the cult scenes later on could be a different film, frankly.
It's watchable and does have surprises and plot twists aplenty. But what it reminds me of really is an Agatha Christie whodunnit. And the end is pure Hamlet. Reminds me too of that Tarantino movie set in a hotel with vampires.
So-so. So 3 stars.
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Good times....and Bad
- Bad Times at the El Royale review by porky
A Stomping Good Adventure .
It is hard to see where it is all going at first but it gets twisted and complicated and ultimately very enjoyable .
Crime of many kinds all lead to the El Royale Motel .Robbery ,Kidnapping,Cult Murder,Drugs,Gambling,Blackmail,Porn,Politics and Soul.
A Great Cast and Unusual Characters make for an Interesting and Thrilling Caper .
Worth more than a second Watch. and some Great Music .
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