One day, it might just make a fresh start and find the cult audience that appreciates it yet. A classic in my book. Two snips with a pair of scissors, a bit of tape, and we wouldn't know the difference. Ted is the new bellboy at a beautiful but decaying luxury hotel; he is not having a good time of it on New Year's Eve, his first night on the job. Basically playing himself, Tarantino is hilarious. It's Ted the Bellhop's Tim Roth, Pulp Fiction first night on the job. Don't miss the fun in this hilariously sexy comedy that has Antonio Banderas Once Upon a Time in Mexico , Madonna Swept Away , and a sizzling all-star cast checking in for laughs! Out of the four I like Robert Rodguize's misbehavior the best.
And what's nicest, they save the best as last. And let's face it, there was enough popular talent involved, including Alison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and, last but not least, Quentin Tarantino, for it to have been hailed as an instant cult classic. He proves himself to be very capable in a comic performance, bringing enough gentle magnetism to his character Ted the bellhop, through his good intentions, perseverance and various neurotic mannerisms, to get us genuinely attached to him. The last segment is the best. What a pleasant surprise still just talking about the fourth segment here. The cast alone makes it a movie worth watching, and they don't disappoint.
Her diatribe about Ted's sex organ is a cinema classic. It is hard not to come away with the impression that all four directors had a slightly different take on Ted's disposition - he goes from being timid and impressionable to obtuse and jumpy, then highly-strung and a little devious, and finally composed and relatively rational - but Roth does well in single-handedly bridging these gaps and, with the many mishaps his character has to endure over the course of the night, ensures that all changes in temper seem understandable. Overall, there's enough vitality in these particular segments to just about redeem the shakiness of the first half. This is a unique movie with 4 stories by 4 directors. One just stares in stunned fascination at the screen, holding the controller but not using it as the other player maniacally manipulates his controller throughout the entire phone conversation. The first episode is exactly the sort of thing that someone in a high school drama production would want to do, but can't get away with in a high school drama production.
Tim Roth, especially, is the best thing in the film. Not only do his two kids misbehave when left alone in their hotel room, but their misbehavior is so comprehensive that the closing shot reveals a room of total anarchy. The best bit in the whole film might be Roth's phone call to his boss. He retains his good-natured lovability for the entire running time, and, for anyone who can really relate to poor Ted like yours truly , he'll have you rooting for him to the very satisfying end. It's a pity that the critics gave 'Four Rooms' as hard a time as they did back in 1995, because, for everything that can be said to be wrong with it, it really does sparkle with creativity and a desire to stand out from the rest of the crowd. Tim Roth as the crazed bellhop was awesome; he was perfect for the role. In the foreground the entire time are the only other conscious but totally stoned inhabitants of the room.
If you are interested in this movie but discouraged by the movie critics, I ensure you that you won't regret seeing it. If not, then the myriad star cameos -- Bruce Willis, Madonna, Marissa Tomei, Antonio Banderas -- and amusingly manic performance of Tim Roth as the hapless bellhop may be a sufficient draw as long as your expectations don't creep too high. Things only get worse when he delivers ice to the wrong room and ends up in a domestic argument at a really bad time. Each story is taking place in a different room of a hotel the same night. Beals has already found her way to this room by the time bellboy Roth arrives and she delivers more good lines. This rather a splendid and incredibly funny little film starts from quite amusing title sequence and gets better with every segment.
If you're a Tarantino fan and you don't have this movie then stop reading and buy the blasted film! Many in the large cast are Tarantino and Rodriquez regulars. Alicia Witt plays her stock alienated teen and delivers sarcasm as only she can. To my knowledge, there was never any other film quite like 'Four Rooms' and, judging by just how unwelcome this one was made to feel when it arrived, there probably won't be another for quite some time. I think it's safe to say that Quentin Tarantino has, officially, never disappointed me as a director or screenwriter. I don't think I can add much more to what the other reviewers have said. Besides, we have Tim Roth playing our hapless protagonist throughout, and, yes, that is a lot. Worth the price it is selling for here.
There are a lot of great star cameos throughout the film. I really don't understand why this movie got such bad reviews! I adore this fourth part of the film very much, sometimes I've been watching only it. He's on his first night on the job, when he's asked to help out a coven of witches in the Honeymoon Suite. This part of the movie, with its ridiculous premise lifted form an old Hitchcock episode, which it acknowledges out loud , moves along speedily, and the actors take to it as naturally as any other movies by Q. My personal favorite episode is the witches coven.
It would also be improper, since it was not intended to be anything less than an anthology from four notable independent filmmakers: Alexandre Rockwell, Alison Anders, Robert Rodriguez, and Quentin Tarantino. Personally, I felt the 1st story, The Missing Ingredient, was the weakest and the 2nd story, The Wrong Man, was the best. The humor in this film is so dark, you could develop film in it. Just some half-baked jokes and a pair of topless women If I wanted that, I'd skip renting a movie and go out instead. It remains an ambitious and not entirely successful little sleeper, but has a good deal going for it nonetheless, and I urge all fans of Tarantino, Rodriguez and Roth in particular not to be put off by the bad press and to give it a chance.