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Bad Times at the El Royale 4K Blu-ray Review & Comments

djkutasi

Banned
For me this movie came from nothing but was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it pretty mutch and really worth to watch, though
"Thor" wasn't the best pick as a bad guy IMO
. :)
 
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Jonesthegas

Active Member

Garrett

Moderator
For me this movie came from nothing but was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it pretty mutch and really worth to watch, though
"Thor" wasn't the best pick as a bad guy IMO
. Hope this is spoiler... :)
Can any one tell me if this turned out as a surprise during the film, that's seen it.
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
Can any one tell me if this turned out as a surprise during the film, that's seen it.

It's not really something I'd mention in a review, so yes I guess it is a light spoiler, perhaps more because what you'd normally expect from the actor than because it's some massive plot twist.
 

Ripsnorter

Well-known Member
Can any one tell me if this turned out as a surprise during the film, that's seen it.

My facial recognition software is not the best so I spent several minutes thinking 'Where have I seen this person before?" but then it clicked. It was not only a surprise but, in contrast to the poster above, I thought it an inspired piece of casting against type and the actor concerned plays the role very convincingly.
 

Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
My facial recognition software is not the best so I spent several minutes thinking 'Where have I seen this person before?" but then it clicked. It was not only a surprise but, in contrast to the poster above, I thought it an inspired piece of casting against type and the actor concerned plays the role very convincingly.

I'd agree with this re: the casting against type. I thought it worked very well, and made the character all the more unpredictable.
 

Ripsnorter

Well-known Member
Thanks again, Cas. It's obvious nobody is who and what they claim to be and I really enjoyed the untangling of the very carefully woven webs. For my money, the fact it lacks the Tarantino-level of banter is a plus. Too often Tarantino, as superb as he is at this kind of writing, is simply using the characters as mouthpieces for his smart lines as they tumble out from one or another actor, coming divorced from the individual depicted on the screen (I'm thinking especially of the interminable 'girl talk' scene in 'Deathmobile'). Here, in this film, the dialogue is more natural, more in keeping with the characters.
 

Ripsnorter

Well-known Member
I'd agree with this re: the casting against type. I thought it worked very well, and made the character all the more unpredictable.

Not only that, I never considered this individual as an actor before. A film star, yes, a major name, yes, but they are so connected with the one role, and making it look so easy, it never occurred to me they could do something else. You remember how Leslie Nielsen was typecast till he finally got to show just how good he was at comedy? A wonderfully chilling performance and I would not recast them even if I could.
 

Michael Bayleaf

Active Member
I didn't care much for this movie to be honest. I couldn't shake the feeling that it tried too much to be a Tarantino movie. On top of that I felt the first half of the movie was incredibly slow, ended up switching it off halfway through. Came back to it the night after and even though it picked up a bit can't say it did much to change my opinion. It's a pitty, with the actors that are in it I had high hopes.
 

Dean

Well-known Member
Great review Cas I loved this film and didn't know much about the plot when seeing it except a bunch of strangers at a motel. Those expecting loads of action will probably not like it as much, what this is a great mystery film and I was never bored at any point.

Unlike a lot of films nowadays I liked the fact there was quite a lot of character development to actually care about how it ended for some of them. Beautifully shot and what a great soundtrack throughout the film :thumbsup:
 

raymondo77

Distinguished Member
It's funny (to me if nobody else), I'd just mentioned last night in my Nightflyers review about nothing being original anymore, but then this comes along and subverts my expectations.

I really enjoyed the film, especially the soundtrack and Cynthia Erivo's incredible voice. As it's a film presentation it's soft and I didn't really get much "4k" benefit, but otherwise yeah great fun. 7.5/10.
 

SoundVision

Well-known Member
More like a 3 out of 10 ratings for me, not very good, definitely could of missed seeing this movie.
I am not into 4k but saw the 1080p version, unfortunately
 

theprestige

Well-known Member
Pretty good film, though the third act involving a rather weak actor threatens to stink it a little bit, but it's a very solid film indeed.
 

Noahdavid1984

Well-known Member
Thought this film was fantastic. Didn’t know anything about it going in.
The Atmos track was fantastic however I really struggled to see anything 4k about it. No real detail on anything apart from a few bright spots of HDR but otherwise you would think you were watching a blu Ray.
 

mtenga

Distinguished Member
How come the hdr 10+ was not tested as this is ment to be the first disc
I just watched in HDR 10+ and there was no real wow factor like you get from something like Miss Peregrine for example. But it’s almost like a play mostly shot indoors so there is not much scope to impress.

Slow starting but thoroughly enjoyable movie by the way.
 

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