The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
the hell is this movie about?
Director: Wim Wenders, legendary helmsman for Wings of Desire
Producer: Mel Gibson's company
Screenplay: Bono. (Also wrote much of the music)
Starring: Mel Gibson (I assumed he worked for free to give his production some star power), Milla Jovovich (who also sings on the soundtrack), and all the people who always play crazies (Jeremy Davies, Amanda Plummer, Peter Stormare, Bud Cort, etc.)
So how could it be so incomprehensible?
|Wenders is a director who
specializes in characterization and atmosphere.
Unfortunately, this is a murder mystery, is supposed to have a plot of sorts, and Wenders has no idea how to advance it.
|The basic premise is that
Mel Gibson is a special FBI agent who is investigating the
circumstances of a suicide. A rich kid jumped from a hotel into the
street. Unfortunately for Gibson, the hotel is inhabited entirely by
loonies. Literally. Everyone in the hotel is crazy. The explanation
had something to do with their not having proper medical insurance to
get into a hospital. Whatever the explanation, Gibson has the
frustrating task of questioning material witnesses who don't
understand the questions, can't concentrate on the questions, or
simply don't want to answer.
Unfortunately, you can see that the director has asked them all to be as odd as they can be at all times, so they spend their time messing up their own hair, drooling, sticking out their tongues, slouching, using verbal tics, darting their eyes maniacally - the whole Jerry Lewis schtick. None of the loonies are drunks, or violent psychotics or anything like that. They are all gentle, vulnerable, free-spirited loons, inhabiting an urban hippie commune, similar to the loonies in The Fisher King
|Sorry to say this movie isn't The
Mel Gibson, the star and producer, publicly declared that it was boring.
The man is known for his honesty. That's good enough for me.
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