Bad Times at the El Royale (2/2 Hats)


Kelvin Says Hats Off:

Just saw “Bad Times at the El Royale” – The Maleficent Seven. Conclusion: 7/10. After his directorial debut with The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard is back with another fun attempt at a genre riff. In the styling of both a Quentin Tarantino flick and the noir movies of old, El Royale takes its time unfurling the mysteries at hand. The movie follows the perspectives of seven different strangers whose stories collide at a rundown hotel near Lake Tahoe. Things start off pretty strongly as the characters are introduced. They each have their own blend of charm and mystery. For its part, the El Royale hotel is beautifully crafted. A stately look at that classic mid-century ambiance. Even when the film drags, it’s just such a pleasure visually. As the movie progresses, it does tend to repeat itself a bit, as the film is broken into chapters for each of the characters. Plugging away for 140 minutes, some of that fat could have been cut off. Despite the meandering, it still is interesting to watch Goddard play with his characters and bend our perceptions of good and bad within them. Unfortunately, the payoff for all that doesn’t quite do its characters justice. It is one of those movies that doesn’t quite stay as good as you want it to, but still doesn’t fall flat on its face. Nevertheless, the ensemble cast consisting of Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, and the dashing performance from newcomer Cynthia Erivo make the stay well worth it. #CheckInWithMeLater #HotelCaliforniaAndNevada #DarleneOnMe #PulpBenediction #ICanSeeForMiles #StrangerDanger

Adam Says Hats Off:

Saw Bad Times at the El Royale: What’s Behind Door Number 5?
Rating as follows:

Total: 7.0/10 (Hats Off!)
Cinematography (1.7): 1.4
Overall Acting (1.6): 1.3
Writing (1.5): 1.1
Entertainment Factor (1.2): 0.8
Score/Sound Mixing (1.1): 0.8
Best Category – Cinematography (1.0): 0.8
Depth of Plot (1.0): 0.4
Character Development (0.5): 0.3
Overall Message (0.4): 0.1

Woo that was close. Borderline Hats On for El Royale. It has a lot of good things going for it. I liked the look and feel of the movie. Dark and suspenseful in how it was shot, which I usually like a lot. The characters were all pretty interesting on their own and I liked how they told their individual stories and how they came to be at the El Royale. I was a little bored early on and found myself getting a little heavy eyed actually. But, once the action started to pick up I was back in business. I wasn’t super satisfied with the conclusion. I wanted more information. Sometimes directors dont give you everything so you can discuss it and create your own theories, which definitely happened here. However, some parts of it needed to be wrapped up a little better so I was left a bit wanting. Not a bad movie, but not great. Still give it the slight edge for a Hats Off!

#PervyRoomWithAViewToAKill #HoneymoonSuiteTea#AndWellNeverBeElRoyales #CultLikeClassic

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