July 16, 2024

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Geek Review: Bad Times At The El Royale

A group of strangers converge on a motel in this 1960s set noir/black comedy.

Watson loved this movie.

But Watson isn’t the only self-appointed movie reviewer here at Gabbing Geek!  What did I think of writer/director Drew Goddard’s noir/black comedy?

Well, I didn’t love it as much as Watson, but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

Set at some unspecified time in the 1960s (Nixon is president, but the music and fashion seems to point more to the 60s than the 70s), four guests converge on the El Royale, a past its prime novelty motel that straddles the border between California and Nevada.  They are Father Flynn (Jeff Bridges), struggling singer Darlene (Cynthia Erivo), talkative vacuum salesman Laramie Sullivan (Jon Hamm), and an angry young woman who won’t give the front desk a name (Dakota Johnson).  Before the night is over, secrets are revealed for many of the people at the motel, and…I can’t say a single thing more about the plot without spoiling something.

Seriously, this is one intricately plotted movie.  There’s more to every character than meets the eye, and there are few if any weak performances.  About the only character who is exactly what he seems to be is Chris Hemsworth’s…well, that would be telling.  Since I can’t say too much, and neither could Watson, there will be a special SPOILER SPACE here on Gabbing Geek this afternoon from a chat the two of us had on the movie.  As for my rating, I liked it but not as much as Watson, but I said that already.  8.5 out of 10 unexpected wine bottles.