Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

IMDB: [R]ย 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.
Rating: [9] ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ–ค

Now, I HIGHLY recommend that you just…watch the movie. It’s one that I wish I hadn’t seen a trailer for because I think the overall story would have been more impactful. This one gave me just about everything for a top review. It was beautiful, acting was great, and it surprised me. The cinematography and writing are fantastic.ย 

What I Loved:
The set design, scenery, costumes, and music are amazing. It really sets an otherworldly atmosphere that feels so cut off from reality that anything can happen. The clothing and interior design had me swooning for the late 60’s and early 70’s. We’re talking fantastic open fireplaces, tufted orange booths, and even a transparent raincoat!

The acting (and SINGING) are so well done. Each character brings a wonderful depth. They all feel like real people. There’s even some amazing acting that I wish I saw more of! (*See spoilers below.) Plus the story and action takes surprising and fast turns that keep you on the edge.

What I Didn’t Love:
There are a few slower places where I felt we could have developed more depth in the story and characters. They are each interesting, and I wanted to learn more about many of them. I can also always used just a touch more action in my thrillers. But overall I really recommend this one.

Hotel Lobby Check-in- isn’t it such a coincidence we all arrived at the same time.

“I fell down. I’m old. Shit happens. Get the whiskey.”

Spoilers: Click to Reveal

There are some REALLY amazing, sudden deaths in this one. Jon Hamm is the first out-of-the-blue death and it kinda leaves you speechless. We don’t think he’s going to die in the scene, let alone so early.

Plus CHRIS HEMSWORTH y’all. He plays a cult leader similar to Charles Manson and shows up at the end to drag it all into the next level of hell. But he does a fantastic job in the role. And really, I wish he did more dramatic roles like that because I don’t feel we get the same range of acting in his Thor movies.

I’ll be honest, I also really enjoy a good bloodbath at the end.