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The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Dec 08, 2017
Grade:
A-
Running Time: 
103 minutes

The Room is widely considered one of the worst films of all time and is the epitome of movies that are so bad they’re good. Tommy Wiseau, the director, producer, writer, and lead actor of the film, is a complete mystery. So much so that his absolute bonkers method behind the making of the film has been turned into a movie itself, only instead of this strange man who knows nothing about film behind the camera, we have James Franco. The Disaster Artist completely encapsulates its namesake, taking something as disastrous as The Room and creating a brilliant artistic marvel from its story. Just like The Room, there’s no other film quite like it.

 

Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is a struggling actor who is trying to get his foot in the door when he meets the eccentric Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) at an acting class. The two become friends of sorts and Tommy decides that rather than audition for roles they should make their own film together. Greg thinks the idea is somewhat ridiculous but goes along with Tommy, who somehow has a massive amount of money to fund his own film entirely that he would write, direct, and star in and go on to be called The Room, the greatest worst movie of all time.

 

What makes The Room “work” is the absolute absurdity of Tommy Wiseau, and James Franco has brilliantly captured his mannerisms and dialogue to an absolute t. He takes everything we’ve seen on screen with Tommy and brings it into the forefront of this character. There’s no difference between Johnny, the character he plays in The Room, and Tommy. Franco plays them one in the same. Every scene is fascinating and makes you question the sanity of Tommy. Rather than answer any questions, the film simply raises more interesting ones. Who the hell is Tommy? How did he get his money? Where is he from? How old is he? You’d think these would be simple answers in this day and age, but the mystery surrounding everything is half the fun.

 

On paper, The Room shouldn’t exist, and what makes The Disaster Artist so fascinating is that it shows Tommy going against any convention of how a film should be made. Movies aren’t shot side-by-side in both digital and on film, but for Tommy that’s not a problem. Franco fully embraces Tommy’s persona, giving an award-worthy performance that stands out from everything you’ve seen before. Despite the absurdity of his filmmaking style, if you can even call it that, there is genuine heart behind everything Tommy does. Follow your dreams is the kind of saying we always hear but struggle to apply. For Tommy though, nothing is easier. Him and Greg decide to move to LA and pursue acting just like that. Of course, Tommy already owns a condo in the heart of the city so there’s no problem for them in doing so. He doesn’t worry that they’re not getting any roles, because he’ll just write the perfect roles for the both of them and completely finance this film on his own; no big deal.

 

Even if you haven’t watched The Room, The Disaster Artist is still worth seeing for its performances and story alone. Of course if you have seen it before it will make your viewing all the more better. The Room may be so terrible it’s good, but The Disaster Artist fully embraces everything bad about that film to deliver something that is truly special.

Matt Rodriguez
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