Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale

DVD - 2019
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Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption; before everything goes to hell.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2019]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: EnglishFrenchSpanish version
Performers: Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Manny Jacinto, Jeff Bridges, Nick Offerman.
Audience: Rating: R; for strong violence, language, some drug content and brief nudity
Language Note: English, French or Spanish dialogue; French or Spanish subtitles; subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
UPC: 024543552949
Call Number: DVD B


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Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors - before everything goes to hell.

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Jul 14, 2019

Oh how great hope fades so quickly. After an interesting beginning, the story becomes a jumbled mess. The only redeeming value we're left with is the performance of Cynthia Erivo as Darlene Sweet, which was excellent, as is the locale. If you watch the special feature; The Making of Bad Times, the writer/director/producer states that he wrote the script just so he could work with certain actors. Sorry there Mr. Goddard, but showing off Chris Hemsworth nearly butt naked does not a film make. And it may be best if Dakota Johnson just do a fifty shades of fade away, and give up. Lame...

Jul 06, 2019

...and a bad time in front of the TV screen.

Disappointed here, given the good cast--and the good performances they provide.

The concept means the audience has pretty heavy "suspension of disbelief" to shoulder. Why, for instance, do hotel rooms come equipped withthose 2-way mirrors onto that secret passage? Maybe I missed something... Why aren't their other guests booked in? This is no "hole in the wall" low-rent rendezvous! Never explained...

The premise is good--the back-and-forth in time is often handled well-- but there's so much going on, one potentially important character has little screen time. And what goes on, goes on about 20 min. too long. The writer/director is in LOVE with his material--and that's bad, because it all becomes sacred. You get during the very first scene, a time-lapse take against the ENTIRE Four Preps oldie, 26 Miles--all 2 min. and 31 seconds of it. All we need is maybe 90 seconds.

The writer/director is in LOVE with the music, too. 3-4 minute recording studio action is lovingly recreated ("He's A Rebel") is lovingly recreated, but we only need 2 minutes. You could argue we don't need it at all.

"Kill your darlings," William Faulkner told writers, so good authors toss out stuff they "love." What we need here is a homicidal editor to do the same.
Nice try. No cigar.

Jul 06, 2019

The highlight of this film for me was Chris Helmsworth's taking off his clothes and strolling into the ocean,his backside tastefully shaded in sunlight. Like Mel Gibson's bare backside in Lethal Weapon, it was a surprise. The movie starts slow and gets better, as the different characters engage each other. I enjoyed the ending a lot. I agree it has a noir flavor to the story.

Jul 04, 2019

Nice try to recreate a cult / noir film, but somehow to me it was more copying rather than getting inspiration from older classics.
Though watch without prejudice, you may like it

Jul 01, 2019

The El Royale....A little piece of HELL!

Jun 08, 2019

I had low expectations for this film, but it was surprisingly good. Loved the ending. That was a surprise.

ArapahoeChristineS May 23, 2019

This quirky, weird, kind of creepy, noir-ish film is something people will either love or hate... I loved it. The cinematography was beautiful, and the story was bizarre in a great way. The pacing is slow, and the beginning was a bit drawn out, leaving you feeling full of apprehension, thinking, "what the heck, is something going to happen?", and then....

May 20, 2019

Overall feel: Meh. Billed as a thriller, it is pretty boring. There was a little bit of intrigue/curiosity in the film, but we never had a reason to be interested in any of the characters. On top of it, Drew Goddard was so enamored with his setting, style and characters, he lingered far too long on almost every shot. I had a similar experience with The Revenant. If Drew Goddard (director and writer) would have understood he was making a thriller and edited the film for a thriller's pacing, this film would have come in about 90 or 100 minutes (official run-time is 144 minutes) and might have been a really good film. It still would have suffered from Drew Goddard's script (which made most of the characters pretty flat and not characters you would be drawn to), but at least it would not have been so slow (you're allowed to get bored pretty frequently). Music is great. Cynthia Erivo is true a musical talent. Casting for each role was pretty top notch. Acting was overall really great. It is a shame Drew Goddard was blind to the pacing in his direction and flat characters in his script - because everything else about this film was spectacular. The end result is a C- at best.

May 17, 2019

I was honestly disappointed in this. It felt like there was so much potential and then so many things ended up feeling unfinished/unexplained. I get that there was supposed to be a small element of mystery but at the same time, it felt like there was too much mystery. There were several things that I figured out and kind of extrapolated about reasons and motives but they could have used some more fleshing out within the movie

Glad that I got to see it but also glad that I didn't spend money on it

Great thriller and film noir. It feels a lot like a great Coen Brothers movie but it's not one of theirs. Great script and direction. Fantastic cast. Quirky, weird, creepy, and outstanding. My only complaint was that it was a bit long. I think it could be trimmed by 15 minutes or so to keep it at (or just under) two hours. Break out the popcorn or chips and turn the lights off. This movie is best watched in the dark.

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