Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

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Title: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Tagline: All roads lead here

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Drama

Director: Drew Goddard

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman, Xavier Dolan, Shea Whigham, Mark O'Brien, Charles Halford, Jim O'Heir, Gerry Nairn, Alvina August, London Morrison, Bethany Brown, Rebecca Toolan, Hannah Zirke, Billy Wickman, Charlotte Mosby, William B. Davis, Manny Jacinto, Tally Rodin, Sophia Lauchlin Hirt, Jonathan Whitesell, Synto D. Misati, Austin Abell, Katharine Isabelle, Sarah Smyth

Release: 2018-10-04

Runtime: 142

Plot: Lake Tahoe, 1969. Seven strangers, each one with a secret to bury, meet at El Royale, a decadent motel with a dark past. In the course of a fateful night, everyone will have one last shot at redemption.

 

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This made top 10 worst movies of the year in my local newspapers annual list.
 

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This movie was great, one of the best of the year imo. Great retro vibe.
 

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Look, everyone loves Cabin in the Woods (which Goddard co-wrote and had his first directing credit on). But the question was always how much of Cabin was him, and how much was Joss Whedon (who co-wrote and was credited as a second unit director).

The entirely Whedon-free El Royale verifies that... Cabin was mostly Whedon.

It's by no means bad - Goddard can write a twist, as even a brief skim of his Buffy/Angel/Lost credits will attest - but all the wit and charm of Cabin is missing.

I would peg it around my fifth favorite movie I saw in 2018 (admittedly, a small list), but there's no surprise this didn't become a cult classic like Cabin.
 

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This movie is good. Not great, however.

I agree with Wombat.

Goddard worked on Cabin in the Woods (2011) and The Martian. I expected more from this movie overall. I can't believe this was his directorial debut movie.
 

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Then your paper has no taste.
When you can't do anything, become a teacher. When you are bad at being a teacher, become a critic. When you are a bad critic, become a child molester or a critic for a small newspaper.
 

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I thought the movie was -ok-. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t particularly good either. It’s worth a watch if you don’t have anything else in your queue.
 

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Thought it was worth a watch at least. The Manson family type vibes was cool.
 

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good not great, def worth a watch
 

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Well I'm happy to hear that the paper was wrong and this is good. I had avoided it but I'll definitely check it out now.
 

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I thought this film was awesome, very surprised after I saw it on a plane to see how the majority of reviews were poor.
 

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I thought this film was awesome, very surprised after I saw it on a plane to see how the majority of reviews were poor.
I also loved it even though it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.
 
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