I have seen a lot of Tarantino movies in the past couple weeks, so I decided I would watch this. Four Rooms, starring Tim Roth, and partly written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The movie is split in four stories, all involving Roth, but directed by four different directors. Since the movie is split in four parts, this review will reflect that. So I will start with the first story.
The Missing Ingredient
Oh boy, don’t get me started on this one. It involves Madonna playing a witch with a group accompanying her. It makes very little sense and in the end, divulges int0 two or three of Madonna’s fellow witches dancing around topless. This being the first segment, it nearly ruins the movie. It is not grounded in reality, so to speak, and differs from the later parts.
Tim Roth is quirky in this, more so that some of the later segments. His facial expressions are great and very different from his roles in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. He fails at saving this mediocre segment, resulting in me giving is a 4.5 out of 10.
The Wrong Man
This segment features Tim Roth, still as the bellboy, involved in a case of mistaken identity. This would be fine and all, but he has a gun pointed at his head. This segment has Jennifer Beals, who later played with Roth in the show Lie to Me. That’s just a little fun fact for you.
Compared to the first part, this one is great, though not perfect. Tim Roth is still funny and quirky which helps make this segment get a 6.5 out of 10.
What can I say about this one other than out of the first three, it’s the best. Antonio Banderas is great as a father tied up in some sort of criminal enterprise. Banderas’ character and his wife leave their two children in the not-so-gentle hands of the bellboy. By the end of this movie, so much funny, crazy antics have occurred that you cannot help but laugh.
The two children are great in this movie and also, there is a very small cameo by Salma Hayek. I didn’t realize it was her until after the movie was finished and the credits had rolled. This one is a great short story and it deserves an 8 out of 10.
The Man from Hollywood
This segment is the last, and it was directed by the one and only Tarantino. It stars Tim Roth and Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Willis has a minor, uncredited, role. This is by far the best of the segments, which leaves the movie off on a good note, unlike the beginning.
Unlike other movies with Tarantino, his acting isn’t so bad in this one. He still way better as a director, but he held his own in this role. The movie features many of his trademarks, the long camera take and bare feet being the big ones. Jessica Beals returns as well. Tim Roth ends this segment with the same quirkiness that was visible in the first segment. This is the main reason to watch the movie and it is probably the only reason I don’t regret watching it, even though the third segment was also good. With that, I give this segment a 9 out of 10.
Total: 28/40 or 7/10