Starring: Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Madonna, Valeria Golino, Ione Skye, Salma Hayek, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Bruce Willis
Directors: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Alexandre Rockwell, Quentin Tarantino
It’s one of those nights for pleasant bellhop, Teddy (Roth). His boss has left him to see in the new year in work on his own but little does he know that he is about to experience the weirdest nights of his life.
First of all, there is the sacrificial ritual being carried out by the witches in the Honeymoon Suite. Secondly, never bring ice to the wrong room as Ted finds out when he gatecrashes the perverse paycho-sexual games in Room 404. Thirdly, Antonio Banderas’ badly behaved kids give him a nightmare to last a lifetime and finally, Chester, the big Hollywood star wants to make Teddy an offer he can’t refuse.
So, four stories, four rooms, four directors.
The first two stories – “The Missing Ingredient” (dir: Allison Anders) and “The Wrong Man” (dir: Alexandre Rockwell) – have little to recommend them. Things improve with Robert Rodriguez’s “The Misbehavers” and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Man from Hollywood”. Roth is terribly miscast as the bumbling bellboy and infact plays a character inside a character as such. His Mr Nice Guy image crumbles away on a couple of occasions when he takes on a Michael Caine persona to excellent effect.
Skip the first two stories and “Four Rooms” is decent enough.