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I was, when preparing, watching a lot of Steve McQueen movies. Because Emily doesn't say much, so I wanted to tell her story without needing to verbally explain it. And I watched Klute. Which was kind of an important film, style-wise. And Gimme Shelter.
What interesting answers, though they make sense once you feast your eyes on Drew Goddard's spectacular film. Dakota Johnson makes references to movies that are very much of a specific time frame. Steve McQueen's biggest films, from The Thomas Crowne Affair to Bullitt, came in the 1960s and 70s. Same goes for Klute, a 1971 mystery thriller starring Jane Fonda (a great reference point for Dakota Johnson's character) and Donald Sutherland.
The Gimme Shelter reference might see like it doesn't belong. Dakota Johnson is referring to the 1970 documentary centered around a Rolling Stones tour. The emphasis, though, lands on the tragic concert at Altamont, where the Hell's Angels posed as "security" for the Stones, and an audience member was stabbed to death.
Truthfully, though, the less that you know about Drew Goddard's Bad Times at the El Royale, the better the experience. Set in the fictional hotel of the title, it is a twisty and mysterious crime thriller that finds four strangers trying to unearth a buried treasure at the locale. Only, they all have unpredictable motives, and success at the El Royale means totally different things for each person. Also, the mirrors in the hotel rooms are two-way. What could that mean?
Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Cynthia Erivo and Dakota Johnson are the main players in Bad Times at the El Royale, with Chris Hemsworth joining the party later as a wild card. This one is a must see, and it's in theaters starting Thursday evening, October 11.