Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Review by CJ

Drew Goddard

Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Chris Hemsworth, Lewis Pullman

Other notable appearances:
Nick Offerman

Running time:
141 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Cabin in the Woods


The lives of seven strangers become inextricably tangled by the secrets they are trying to escape at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale hotel. 

Bad Times at the El Royale’s story hooked me from the first scene and took me on a ride through the unexpected, the macabre and the downright insane. It was a wild trip and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Visually, Bad Times at the El Royale is stunning. It is dark and gritty while also being vibrant and eerily high in contrast. The visuals feel right, as the film is set in the late 1960s, as it captures the sinister nature of the plot while adding the vibrance of the era to create something remarkable.

The soundtrack that accompanies Bad Times at the El Royale is so much fun and contrasts beautifully with the dark content of the film. This is enhanced even further with Cynthia Erivo’s beautiful a cappella renditions of classic songs throughout the film.

If you enjoy Tarantino movies, especially Pulp Fiction, and similar, then Bad Times at the El Royale is an absolute must see. It is disturbing, gritty and beautifully constructed with some genuinely funny moments.


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