The Million Dollar Hotel is a story of friendship, betrayal and the overwhelming power of unconditional love. A gang of unique outcasts and misfits live in a downtown Los Angeles flea-pit, known locally as the “Million Dollar Hotel.”
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Despite its bad reviews, i liked it. It's sensitive, dark, romantic. I absolutely loved the opening scene - one of the best ones ever made. The photography/cinematography of that scene, and the way it was directed by Wenders, amazed me. I loved the soundtrack too - some songs are truly exceptional, as they fit the scenes, the atmosphere, the narration, perfectly. Jeremy Davies is great, and so is Milla Jovovich.
Best described as a tragi-comic romantic whodunit, this is definitely a love it or hate it type of film. The narrative is loose (even if comparatively tight next to other Wenders' films), but it's the unusual romance between Jeremy Davies (Tom Tom) and Milla Jovovich (Eloise) together with Wenders' skill behind the camera that really shines here. One of the German director's best? Without doubt.
I'm quite surprised to see how poorly this film is rated, both here and on IMDB. I enjoyed it, good performances from a good cast. The film isn't going for high art in the way that Wenders' best do and achieve. A solid 7/10.
The heart is a sleeping beauty and love the only kiss it can't resist. Even if its eyes lay open wide, there is a heart that sleeps inside. And it's to there you must be hastening. For all hearts dream, they dream only of awakening.