Why I had expected anything whatsoever from a project that had Robert Rodriguez attached to it I’ll never truly know. A movie that I had looked forward to watching for some time, only to be left with such a devastatingly messy experience. It’s a case of high expectations not connecting with mediocre output, thus giving me an even worse opinion of this movie than I could have possibly imagined.
My main problem is definitely with Tim Roth. Between this and The Hateful Eight, I’m really beginning to question his abilities as an actor. Here he plays a Bellboy, working his first shift at an illustriously strange and unique hotel. Four Rooms takes place in, you guessed it, at least four rooms. So long as we don’t count corridors, other rooms outside of places the guests can stay. Anyway, the stories in each contained room are as uninteresting as you would expect them to be.
Each story in their own right has some form of unique flair to them – primarily this comes from who directs each segment. This doesn’t matter though, as the writing for each of the segments is truly awful and to the point where it’s difficult to even connect with anything happening on screen.
If I had to choose a favourite, it’d be the first segment and that’s only because I remember that one the most. It was at a time when I didn’t despise the film all that much, and it was grating nonetheless. The witches angle set a tone for the movie that it never followed through with.
Many of the problems I have with anthology movies are present throughout Four Rooms. A poor attempt to string these four stories together is made for whatever reason. The pacing of the movie is all over the place because you have four very creatively differing directors producing some short stories in their own weird and wacky ways. It’s hard to get invested after the appalling first story – so with anthology movies once one story is bad, the rest soon goes south also.
An ensemble crammed with both actors who would go on to do greater things and actors who would drop off of the face of the earth, Four Rooms doesn’t provide anything interesting or of merit to even suggest watching it. Poorly written and with even worse direction in all four parts of the movie, it’s the only Tarantino movie I simply couldn’t recommend.