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What do you get when you mix a star-studded cast with storytelling done in a multi-perspective approach? You get one wild ride that does not disappoint. The movie starts with a mysterious man doing the painstaking process of hiding money in a room, which is presumably the El Royale hotel. A time jump then occurs where years go by, and we finally meet our cast of characters. John Hamm, from Mad Men, plays a salesperson. John Hamm, as always, comes through with a terrific performance. Dakota Johnson comes off as this mysterious and dangerous woman who looks like she has business to take care of the hotel. Her character went through an arc within this movie that I didn’t expect and allowed her acting ability to shine through a bit more than her time in the Fifty Shades series. Jeff Bridges is a priest in this movie who has ulterior motives, and those motives help build out the plot within this movie. Lewis Pullman’s character provided the greatest surprise for me due to his role and the twists the movie provided that affect his personality. This movie has a star-studded cast which includes Chris Hemsworth, and his performance made me forget about his time as Thor. It was that convincing for me.
The storytelling of this movie reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino film because of how it is told through episodes, but each chapter adds to the movie and helps carry the story. It starts with room one and carries on from there. There are some unexpected jump scares within this movie, and they are timed perfectly.
This movie is excellent and I loved it. I would recommend seeing it if you enjoy a star-studded cast that has some nice character development and unexpected moments tossed into the movie.
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