CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Bad Times At The El Royale (2018)

Bad Times at the El Royale is a neo noir thriller written and directed by The Cabin in the woods’ Drew Goddard. Starring an all star cast including Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Chris Hemsworth.

First of all, I loved this film. At 2 hours 20 minutes, it is a lengthy film with a slow burn which doesn’t fail to keep us intrigued or curious. The film sees an eclectic assortment of strangers arrive at the El Royale hotel, which sits on the border between Nevada and California. Naturally, you can’t put that many shady people in an even shadier hotel without shady shenanigans occurring. The performances by all were excellent, and it is a joy to see so many actors on top of their game going head to head with one another.

Everybody here is clearly accomplished in their craft, and each actor embodies their character well. From Hemsworth’s enigmatic cult leader Billy Lee to Lewis Pullman’s disturbed Vietnam veteran turned addict bellhop Miles Miller. The characters are one of the film’s strongest points. The characters all feel like they have been ripped straight from a noir mystery thriller yet also have a strange realism to them.

The cinematography of the film is also beautiful, with neon lit signs contrasted against a seemingly relentless storm making for scenic and complex visuals. Tonally this film also stands out, and when necessary can be incredibly tense. There is a scene where Cynthia Erivo and Jeff Bridges are in a room trying to reach money hidden under the floorboards, and the tension employed in the scene works flawlessly.

The film also demonstrates the complexity of morality and how good intentions and naivety can be one’s downfall. Those that have explicitly good or bad intentions die, but those simply out to exist and to serve themselves live, perhaps acting as a greater social allegory than your typical pulpy throwback to a bygone era.

The violence is visceral and raw, adding to the dour and bleak undertones of the film and also showing us that anything can happen in this film. Perhaps the only issue is the timing and pacing, as the pacing of the acts was a tad hot or miss. This is my only quarrel with the film however, and I daresay this film may be a contender for my film of the year.

VERDICT: Overall, I would give Bad times at the El Royale a 9.5/10 and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

 

Related Posts
Trailer released for Kingsman: The Golden Circle

20th Century Fox has now released the first full trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAKtONL4iw4 The film will be directed by Matthew Vaughn (from a script he wrote with Jane Goldman that Read more

Thor: Lover and Thunder (2022)

Directed by Taika Waititi, Thor: Lover and Thunder was eagerly anticipated by MCU fans who longed for some long term progression in the overarching MCU storylines. Memories of Thor: Ragnarok Read more

The Umbrella Academy Season 3 Ep. 1: Meet the Family

Season 3 kicks off with The Umbrella Academy meeting the Sparrow Academy as it looks like our heroes have arrived in an alternative/parallel future following their Season 2 adventures in Read more

The Orville Season 3 Ep. 4: Gently Falling Rain

The episode opens on the Krill home world where Teleya (Michaela McManus) is back and is making political moves to become Supreme Chancellor. She riles up the crowd with her Read more

The Orville Season 3 Ep. 3: Mortality Paradox

This week's episode begins with Lieutenant Talla Keyali (Jessica Szohr) returning from shore leave as the crew receive a strange signal from the planet named Narran 1 which was always Read more

The Orville Season 3 Ep. 2: Shadow Realms

What makes The Orville Season 3 Ep. 2: Shadow Realms exciting to begin with is that Brannon Braga and Andre Bormanis - two of Star Trek's most hallowed creative influences Read more

The Orville Season 3 Ep. 1: Electric Sheep

After three years The Orville returns and we are immediately thrust into their battle against the Kaylon and witness Isaac's betrayal. This in turn is revealed to be a nightmare Read more

The Midwich Cuckoos Ep. 1: Bad Things

Based on John Wyndham's 1957 novel of the same name, Sky's The Midwich Cuckoos is the latest adaption, having previously hit the screens as Village of the Damned (1960 and Read more

The Little Prince trailer has been released

Paramount have released their trailer for The Little Prince. It features Jeff Bridges as the voice of the eccentric old man telling the story of a little prince from a tiny asteroid that he met Read more

The Lazarus Project Episode 1

In a TV land full of sliders, leapers, groundhoggers, and tunnelers it always takes something special to come out that can stand alongside previous works. The Lazarus Project could be Read more

The Boys Season 3 Ep. 6: Herogasm

The most anticipated episode of The Boys is here - Herogasm! The action begins with The Deep (Chace Crawford) and Homelander (Antony Starr) discovering the security footage of Soldier Boy Read more

The Boys Season 3 Ep. 5: The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies

We are back in America as The Boys recover from the events of Episode 4, with Frenchie (Tomer Kapon) checking Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) into a hospital, MM (Laz Alonso) leaving Read more

The Boys Season 3 Ep. 4: Glorious Five Year Plan

The Boys Season 3 Ep. 3: Barbary Coast finds Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) having to meet with Little Nina (Katia Winter) to negotiate a way of getting The Boys to Russia. Read more

The Boys Season 3 Ep. 3: Barbary Coast

In The Boys Season 3 Ep. 3: Barbary Coast, Homelander (Antony Starr) discovers that his rant from the previous episode has had a positive impact on his approval ratings - Read more

The Boys Season 3 Ep. 2: The Only Man In The Sky

In The Boys Season 3 Ep. 2: The Only Man In The Sky the investigation into what happened to Soldier Boy begins. Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) confront Read more

The Boys Season 3 Ep. 1: Payback

The Boys are back in town again for Season 3 and it is clearly established we are now one year on from the end of Season 2. Hughie (Jack Quaid) Read more

Terry O’Quinn

Terry O'Quinn (Born Terrance Quinn - the 'O' was added after another registered actor already had the name Terrance Quinn) was born on July 15th 1952 in Michigan, USA and was one Read more

TAG (2018)

TAG, the surprise comedy film starring an ensemble cast of Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress and Jeremy Renner was released and I could not wait to see Read more

Review- The Orville Season 3 Ep. 9: Domino

The opener of The Orville Season 3 Ep. 9: Domino sees The Moclans, still licking their wounds from being expelled from the Planetary Union, seeking an alliance with the Krill. Read more

Obi-Wan Kenobi: Part VI

Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram) uses the knowledge she gained from Part V to travel to Tatooine in search of Luke (Grant Feely) whilst Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen/James Earl Jones) edges Read more

%d bloggers like this: