Number of Times Seen – At least three times (Theater in the 90’s, 22 Jul 1999 and 4 Mar 2019)
Brief Synopsis – An anthology of four very different and diverse stories revolving around the life of a bellhop in an LA hotel on New Years Eve.
My Take on it – As a fan of anthology films, I was really looking forward to checking this film out once again after not having seen it for nearly two decades.
The premise of the film is quite clever and I love how they have four very distinct and diverse stores that all have one character in common to tie them together.
Each of the 4 segments is directed by a different director and its great to see how diverse yet similar their styles are.
Each of the stories have their good and bad parts and none of them are perfect, yet they all manage to stay interesting throughout because we want to see what will happen.
The best of the 4 stores IMHO is the final one which was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino towards the beginning of his career.
His earlier films have more of his fingerprint on them and don’t feel as if Hollywood has found a way to Hollywoodize it.
The dialogue and story fit perfectly into his repertoire because it feels very similar in style and theme to the kind of films he made in the early 90’s because he is such a great storyteller who utilizes rapid fire dialogue to help get the point across.
The cats of this film is superb but Tim Roth definitely stands out as the bellhop who gets to participate in each of these segments and is the true anchor of the entire film.
Bottom Line – Great idea for a film especially given the different styles of each of the four directors who each tackle on of the segments. Each of the 4 stories has good and bad parts to them and none of them are perfect but it’s still quite interesting to see how each storyline unfolds. The best of the four stories is obviously the final one which was written and directed by Tarantino himself so the dialogue and story are in his classic style and make me miss his earlier work so much because as great a storyteller as he is, his films now feel too Hollywoodish as opposed to the kind of films he made at the start of his career. The cast of this film are all great but Roth obviously stands out among everyone since he is the only character who manages to migrate through all 4 segments. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The reason Bruce Willis is not credited is because he violated SAG rules for acting in this film for no money. He appeared for fun and as a favor to Quentin Tarantino, and acting for free violated SAG rules. SAG agreed not to sue Willis if his name was not included in the credits. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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