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In an alternate universe, Bad Times at the El Royale was roundly recognized as one of the best films of 2018. It exploded at the box office as audiences flocked to see a twisty, compelling mystery and were additionally treated to a surprisingly emotional character study. They left satisfied and told all their friends, and as Oscar season rolled around it was impossible to ignore Jeff Bridges giving one of the best and most nuanced performances of his career, and relative newcomer Cynthia Erivo was rightly hailed for her tremendous breakout performance in what’s essentially the co-lead role.
Unfortunately, we live in the worst timeline.
Bad - Times - El - Royale - October
Bad Times at the El Royale opened on October 12th of last year to swell reviews, but only managed to hit $31 million worldwide. In hindsight, the film was just swallowed up by bigger, higher profile films at the box office that month (Venom, A Star Is Born, Halloween) and audiences with a limited amount to spend on movies per month went for known IP rather than an original story. Which is a shame, because Bad Times at the El Royale is certainly one of the best films of 2018 and was a glorious theatrical experience.
Written and directed by Drew Goddard, the wholly original film serves as his follow-up to his feature directorial debut The Cabin in the Woods. But whereas that movie was a delightful meta-commentary on the horror genre, Bad Times at the El Royale is a deeper, more complicated, and more mature piece of work.
Set - Story - Place - Hotel - Series
Set in 1969, the story takes place at a once-famous hotel that has since been left behind. One by one, a series of characters show up to check in, and all fit a certain stereotype of the film noir genre. There’s the priest (Bridges), the singer (Erivo), the hippie (Dakota...
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