Cert: 15 Runtime: 103 mins Director: James Franco Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zoe Deutch, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor and Jacki Weaver
Just because you want it doesn’t mean it can happen.
Oh hi internet! When people have a vision they will go to great lengths to achieve it. Tommy Wiseau is one man that reached his goal, maybe not in the most conventional way. The Room dubbed the worst film of all time allegedly, has gained cult status and people still talk about it 15 years on. Greg Sestero wrote a book about his account of creating this cult phenomenon, and James Franco wanted to tell the tale of his account. Tommy Wiseau is 99% happy with this movie but allegedly the facts are only 40% accurate. So what is The Disaster Artist about you ask? Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) become friends after meeting each other in an acting class in San Francisco. Hoping to achieve Hollywood stardom, Sestero moves to Los Angeles and signs on to appear in his buddy’s project. Financed with his own money, Wiseau writes, directs and stars in “The Room,” a critically maligned movie that becomes a cult classic.
If you are new to The Room or an avid fan, either side will not be disappointed. It’s a great introduction for novices and it has enough flesh and blood for the fans. First of all James Franco’s performance is incredible. His accent and mannerisms are a spot-on imitation of Wiseau’s. He made Wiseau human and showed the man behind GIF’s and meme’s. It’s one thing to portray such a unique individual and make it a comedic performance, but it’s another thing entirely to show another side of him. His portrayal is nothing but Award worthy, this would be an utter travesty if he wasn’t selected. Aesthetically The Disaster Artist had a very documentary feel to it, a lot of free hand camera. It makes you feel like you were actually on set when it was being made. on a technical aspect you have to respect the sheer dedication Franco had to re-create all the famous scenes from The Room. The line delivery, mannerisms and setting are utterly flawless.
My only two gripes with the film are the over romanticising of the story (very Hollywood I know) and the pacing, it was rather choppy and disengaging at points. Dave Franco was excellent as Greg. He did a good job as the more grounded, ‘straight man’ type character. It was great to see the two of them working together, there bond really helps the film.We have some genius casting too, special mention should go to Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, and Jacki Weaver. What The Disaster Artist has achieved is show another side of Wiseau, and his journey to create his vision. Even though we may laugh at him and his film, I for one respect him a lot more now. This is one of the finest Dramedies you will ever see, it’s just as good as Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. One point you need to think about too, how many films do you know that people still talk about years after its’ initial release? The Room is etched in cinematic history now as a cult classic, and The Disaster Artist has now become a great companion piece with it. So, how’s your sex life? (Just watch The Room please)