The Disaster Artist

Film, Comedy
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
The Disaster Artist

The world's worst film gets an affectionate making-of dramatization that's half as weird as the real thing.

First, a caveat: If you’re obsessed with 2003’s hypnotically inept romantic drama 'The Room' – and its mysterious, lank-haired auteur Tommy Wiseau – go ahead and add five more stars to that rating. Throw in an additional fistful of spoons, a football and an 'Oh, hai, Mark.' And if you’ve made it a habit to periodically check out the midnight screenings that have become ritualistic viewing experiences for die-hard dialogue quoters, rest easy knowing that 'The Disaster Artist', a warmhearted comedy about 'The Room'’s uneasy genesis, is very much for you.

If all the above is gobbledygook, though? Know that you’re in for a movie that flogs its fan service so vigorously (forget about a wink – this is a squint), it barely remembers to be anything more than a mildly weird story of friendship and betrayal. Maybe that’s all it needs to be. Dave Franco plays wannabe actor Greg Sestero (writer of the tell-all book on which this is based), a blandly handsome San Francisco suburbanite who falls in with the secretive, much-older Wiseau (James Franco, building an eerily accurate impression based mainly on 'The Room' and its creator’s inscrutable persona, but nothing deeper). With Greg’s nervous mom in the rearview mirror, they drive off for Los Angeles, where they spend Tommy’s millions on an indie film of such terribleness, it touches off a garbage fire of ego and resentment.

Scenes that recreate 'The Room'’s shoddy sets and porn-grade acting have an insider appeal – it’s the vibe of nervous careerists wondering how they’re going to scrub this gig off their résumés. But the central relationship is undernourished; it’s no 'Ed Wood', a film that infused its crazy crusade with regret and surrogate paternal affection. The Francos, meanwhile, end up with a film about loneliness and loyalty, a sweet takeaway but nowhere near as disquieting as the reality of Wiseau’s psychological barricading (undiagnosed though it may be). The laughs of 'The Disaster Artist' really belong to him; had Wiseau made a movie this square, he wouldn’t be mocked so lovingly.

By: Joshua Rothkopf

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Wednesday December 6 2017
Duration:
103 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
James Franco
Screenwriter:
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Cast:
James Franco
Dave Franco
Alison Brie

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Tastemaker

A hugely entertaining look at a fascinatingly eccentric guy, showing that with enough money, anything is possible in Hollywood.

Tastemaker

Went to see this film without much information about what it was about.

It’s a weird story, and is hard to believe it’s based on true events and that another movie (The room) actually came out of it.

Amazing performances but once again, weird film.

Tastemaker

This movie makes me want to go and see the Room. This is all a little silly, cringeworthy and totally ridiculous most of the time but is bound to get you chuckling if you don’t take it too seriously.

This film won’t be to everyones taste and you’ll need to have a certain type of humour to appreciate this film. This weirdly funny film outlines what inspired Tommy Wiseau to create The Room which is considered by some to be the worst movie of all time and has since become a bit of cult classic. James Franco has done an excellent job of portraying Tommy who seems like a fictional person but actually believe it or not is a real life person. He faces quite a few knock backs in his life when trying to break into the movie industry, he decides that playing villain is not for him when he was advised this may be the best option for him and therefore ends up writing, producing, directing and starring in the Room with his friend Greg (the relationship between Tommy and Greg was a bit of a strange one but apparently they still remain friends to this day). How exactly he funded this project and his past background still remains a bit of a mystery. However the determination behind this is credible although you do worry for him at times regarding his mental state. At the end of the film you can see the level of detail that the cast go through to replicate the scenes in the Room, it is actually quite incredible. Also you’ll spot quite a few famous names in it.

I went into this with no expectations - having not seen 'The Room' - and was very pleasantly surprised. Franco really nails the role and the film plays out like a bizarre cross between 'Ed Wood' and 'The Producers'. One of the funniest movies of the year.

tastemaker

So many reviews say how funny this film is but truly it passed me by and, well, pretty much everyone else in the theatre too! There was only one part of the film that actually elicited full on laughter. That for me does not an hilarious film make! The acting was good but it's very much a one trick pony and you can predict the characters actions well in advance.