Five stars! One for every time Humphrey Bogart says "Here's looking at you, kid" and a fifth for "We'll always have Paris".
Turns out all the classic movie lines are in here. This is a really great story with such depth of character and story.
An at times threatenong movie, but permanently ldliscomforting. The Royal Hotel digests the oscillating feelings of excitement, trapped and uneasy in unfamiliar places. It leans on the uneasy to truly show the fear of our lead characters.
The Royal Hotel really succeeds at this in a few ways:
1. The words the characters say to each other are so damn . It's really well written.
2. The supporting cast really fleshes out the space, and form the source of a lot of unease.
3. The contrast between the two leads sprinkles just the right about of interpersonal tension.
4. Secret, bearded Hugo Weaving.
CRONENBERG has done it again. With vicious gore, dreamy psychosexual sequences and tense camerawork, this film is thrilling and disturbing in all the ways I think it set out to be. Brandon Cronenberg has a truly defined aesthetic approach to body horror and psychic damage — it all comes together to take you on a journey into excess, secret desire and chaotic violence.
There are many things a lesser movie would have done (moralizing, over-explaining, blah blah blah). The ways…