Starring James Franco The Disaster Artist is the true story of filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau, an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable. The film is based on Greg Sestero best-selling book about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic The Room, which has been called the worst movie ever made.
For those of you who have not seen The Room, you truly are missing out. It is one of the most…how can I say this, interesting movies you’ll ever have the pleasure of consuming. Now, is the movie a perplexed disaster? Well yeah, there’s no denying that. But at the same time, it’s a train wreck you cannot keep your eyes off of. As the film unfolds, I’d even suggest something deeper can be discovered. And that is, changing the dynamic of how audiences view movies, even if they are an utter mess.
Tommy Wiseau has been told all his life he will never make it into Hollywood. Reason being? It was either because he was too different, because he talked funny, or because his acting was an atrocity. More than likely though, they told him all three. After every industry door has been closed, a close friend Greg Sestero (played by Dave Franco) becomes a beacon of hope when he decides to convince Tommy to make their own movie. Creating their own yes after a life fulfilled with NO’s, you start to admire their persistence and ambition.
Recently, some critics have reacted negatively towards The Disaster Artist asking why we should celebrate the talentless and the failures? To that I say…. don’t people celebrate your birthday every year? Jokes aside, I get where they’re coming from in *some instances. But sometimes the story regarding the underdog is vastly more important than the successful outcome. Undoubtedly The Room will forever be deemed a disaster, hence the title of the movie which is about that very making of that film. However, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t reached cult status. Theaters across the globe still sell out when they host the film on special occasions. And perhaps a catalyst of it’s new found fame is because of the now infamous billboard that Tommy Wiseau paid 5K a month for promoting the film, but even if so, there have been considerably “bigger” failures. This statement may seem a bit ridiculous, but if I’m going to be completely honest, Oscar winners have been forgotten about over the years, I don’t know if The Room ever will be.
Now let’s talk some specifics for a moment. James Franco starred and directed this film and was masterful. Tommy Wiseau himself said that he portrayed him better than anybody could, and he wouldn’t have chosen anyone else. Dave Franco was excellent as well in his counterpart role. The whole cast from Seth Rogan, Allison Brie to small cameos including Zac Efron, Josh Hutchinson, and more, attributed to the film’s delightful flow.
The Disaster Artist is hysterical as it is charming. Without a doubt, The Room is the best worst film I have ever seen and yet, I will always remember it. This movie signified the reasons it has oddly become a fan-favorite and shed light about various nuances in the industry that is film. A welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend in Hollywood.
By Nick Weninger