With ‘The Disaster Artist,’ James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece ‘The Room’ (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), ‘The Disaster Artist’ is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. – A24 Films
Before diving into my review I first just want to preface it by saying one does not need to watch The Room to enjoy this film but watching it certainly does enhance The Disaster Artist. The Room is literally one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen but it’s also something special. When I first watched The Room I just wanted it to end but now I can’t think of the movie without laughing, which I guess is a good thing. The Room is definitely a film every film lover should see.
The Disaster Artist was directed by James Franco and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. The film itself is based on the novel of the same name written by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Greg Sestero played Mark in The Room and is Tommy Wiseau’s best friend.
The Disaster Artist is the making of the film The Room. James Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, who might just be one of the most interesting men alive. The man is an absolute enigma and perhaps genius. Tommy Wiseau wrote and directed The Room, The Disaster Artist is his story. Franco was born to play Wiseau, it’s actually uncanny how much he looks and sounds like him. Dave Franco plays Greg Sestero, the author of the book and Tommy’s co-star. Dave’s performance is also quite good but doesn’t even touch the caliber of James’s portrayal. I feel like in most movies Dave Franco plays the same sort of character, this time he did something different. Besides the two Franco brothers this movie is full of actors and actresses that you would expect to see in a James Franco movie, like Seth Rogen and a bunch of other funny people. There’s no bad acting aside from what’s supposed to be bad, i.e. all the scenes of The Room.
The Room is hilarious in a holy crap this is so bad it’s funny. The Disaster Artist is also hilarious but for completely different reasons. The story behind The Room truly is a marvel. Everything about it is bizarre and crazy. For example the movie was filmed in both digital and actual film. That’s just the tip of iceberg of the oddities that went on on and off the screen. We all know The Room isn’t a good movie but a lot of people worked hard on the film and The Disaster Artist pokes fun at it but also respects it and the people involved. Like I’ve mentioned a bunch Tommy Wiseau is an eccentric individual, he is a bit different. The Disaster Artist could of easily just made fun of Tommy the whole time and disrespected him but they didn’t do that. James Franco and everyone behind the film made it in a respectful manner.
The Disaster Artist is a wonderful movie about friendship and making your dreams come true.
My review here really isn’t doing any justice I’m sort of just rambling on but this is a special movie and you just have to see it to understand.
I give The Disaster Artist a 9 out of 10, would watch again.
“Oh, hi Mark.”
Make sure to stick around after the credits for an extra scene.