Bad Times At The El Royale

Bad Times At The El Royale, 2018 film starring  Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson and Chris Hemsworth.  Is this some kind of perv motel, he was asked … Uh, yeh … and then some!!

The lives of four hotel guests become intertwined when they all stay for the night at the El Royale!  A once famous hotel on the border of California and Nevada.  An old priest, an African American singer, a travelling salesman and a young hippie female with an attitude.  None are who they seem though and all have an agenda.  One that inadvertently unlocks the secrets of the motel and brings all of them to a conclusion that you don’t want to miss.

Whew!  This film was a little complicated, especially at the beginning but after a while you sort of understood most of the characters.  I will try and describe it without trying to give the story away.  The setting was pretty cool, I don’t know if this is a real motel or not but splitting the entire structure in half was brilliant.  One side Nevada with certain rules and the other California with it’s own rules.  Putting the setting in the late sixties was also fantastic, the props were very period accurate though you just glanced at them.  You didn’t want to get distracted because the film also requires you to think a little.

The acting was good by all involved and Bridges was very believable as a man with the onset of dementia.  The story was very intricate.  You had to put two and two together for yourself and they had plenty of back story flashes into the lives of the characters.  The film came off as a crime thriller inside a horror film that was inside another crime thriller!  If you can imagine that!

It was not a bad film and I would probably watch it again just to see if there was anything I missed or didn’t pick up on the first time.  It was definitely interesting I will give them that!