Director: Drew Pearce
Writer: Drew Pearce
Starring: Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista, and more.
“Hotel Artemis” came to my attention suddenly and strongly. To my understanding, not many people even knew this film existed until it began to be promoted across TV and social media. I believe I have only known of this film for a month or two, actually. It began with a friend of mine saying the teaser looked good and the following day was when the trailer was released. Since then, it has been nothing but love in my eyes. “Hotel Artemis” seems like a crazy outrageous action comedy which falls right in my alley. Now is the time to find out if it stays there or falls as a disappointment.
“Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, ‘Hotel Artemis’ follows the Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.”
I truly had high hopes for this film and maybe that was my downfall. However, “Hotel Artemis” is not a failure in the least bit, just a tad lackluster. I expected high-powered action, I expected laugh out loud comedy, and I got just that but just enough of it. I feel as if “Hotel Artemis” needed just a bit more time and my enjoyment for the film would have increased tenfold. Thirty more minutes could have increased these few glaring things that made this film just a tad above average:
- Amount of action is minimal yet done well. Needed just a bit more Sofia Boutella and Dave Bautista fisticuffs.
- Amount of comedy would have been better if there was less Charlie Day and more Jeff Goldblum.
- Story development could have been less sudden than what we receive as the final product.
- Story coincidences could have been drawn out and less perfect. This is especially felt in a 1 hour and 30 minute movie.
- Other stars could shine even moreso than they did. (I am dead staring at you, Sterling K. Brown. You are phenomenal.)
Aside from being underwhelmed with what I was given as a final product for a film. The above do well to be appreciated, I just wanted just a bit more. Aside from them, the performances are easily the best element going for “Hotel Artemis”. Sterling K. Brown (Waikiki) is wonderful to watch perform and I can only hope for more major roles for this man. Sofia Boutella (Nice) is always an underrated treat to watch on screen. Her kickass roles are always so entertaining to watch. Jeff Goldblum (Niagara) is hilarious as always. Jodie Foster (The Nurse) is easily the rockstar of the film (as expected from the trailers). Her by-the-rules attitude and sarcastic banter with her hotel patrons, are the core of this film.
Lastly, you Mr. Charlie Day (Acapulco). Some of my readers may know I am not a big Charlie Day fan. Well, I am not a fan at all. Charlie Day is, well, Charlie Day. However, I will say this is my favorite Charlie Day film. Not for his performance but…. Just go see for yourself.
Riddled with solid performances by nearly every member of the cast, “Hotel Artemis” is an entertaining action comedy that just needed a bit more love to be a home run out of the park. With what felt like a spin-off straight out of the John Wick universe, “Hotel Artemis” is a fun watch but nothing special at the end of the day. For myself, I felt a bit unfulfilled. Definitely worth the watch if you have the opportunity but do not fret if you miss out.