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Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Bad Times at the El Royale

Twentieth Century Fox presents an R rated, 141 minute, Mystery, Thriller, directed and written by Drew Goddard with a theatre release date of October 12, 2018.


As the story begins a man in a room at the hotel Royale is ripping up the carpeting. Not too long after there is a knock at the door and a familiar face is standing in the rain. The hotel is built on the state lines of California and Nevada so if you’re standing on one side of the parking lot you may be in California and the other side Nevada and that goes for inside the hotel as well. Miles (Lewis Pullman) is the jack of all trades pretty much doing everything at the quiet hotel. Quiet until four people suddenly check in, Father Daniel Flynn (Jeff Bridges) the priest, Darlene Sweet (Cynthia Erivo) the singer, Laramie Seymour Sullivan (Jon Hamm) the vacuum salesman and Emily Summerspring (Dakota Johnson) the mystery woman who has a kidnapped girl (Cailee Spaeny) in her car that is until she moves her into the room.

Room One: We find out that some of the furniture in the rooms does more than expected. Father Flynn is digging up the floor in his room and some of the people at the hotel hold many secrets.

Room Five: One of the guests is on a call to Washington D.C. being told what to do regarding some of the circumstances and the people at the hotel.

Room Seven: The introduction of Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth) who takes in a young girl in boots that he found on the beach. Basically she is a runaway and he has some type of cult. As for one of the rooms at the hotel someone gets killed.

Room Four: We discover the reason why Father Flynn checked into the room without his brother. The Priest realizes he needs Darlene’s help and her room. Miles talks about cameras, a senator and a naked man and his pet wolf. Confused? You won’t be! Billy Lee and his henchmen enter the scene and everything changes direction. The captors soon become the captives with a decision to make between red and black. The fighters soon become the captives, confessions are made and the last standing ends up in Reno.

I thought the film was very well written with some impeccable direction by Goddard. If I had to attach a negative to this film I’d say the time, they could have shaved off about 20 minutes then the film would definitely have been more enjoyable. By now we know the plot although there are some very surprising moments throughout the story that will leave you bouncing in your chair. It contains some great music along with some super twists and turns that will surprise you. All of the actors did a magnificent job with their roles, Bridges is superb, Hamm as good as always, Hemsworth bared chested and a bit odd but good, Erivo is straight laced with a good right curve and a wonderful voice but Johnson stands out not because I’m friends with her Grandmother Tippi Hedren but because she is much more experienced as she is maturing showing that she can be sexy and strong. Overall I would have shaved off about twenty minutes but it was definitely a film to see on the big screen.

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