The Disaster Artist        review by Bobby Blakey

In 2003 one of the most infamously bad films to ever be made The Room was sort of released on the world with very few actually seeing it at the time of its release. Over the years the film and its director and star Tommy Wiseau have gained a cult following with the film getting special screenings all over. Now James Franco is bringing this story to the big screen with The Disaster Artist., but does it do justice to this cult classic or will it be yet another disaster?

The Disaster Artist follows 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. The film is based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy's cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”) and stars Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Josh Hutcherson and James Franco as Tommy Wiseau. Whether you are a fan of The Room or haven’t seen it at all there is no denying that this movie is excellent in every aspect. Franco has delivered easily his best work as both an actor and director here. I haven’t seen The Room in years and the way this film is crafted you don’t need to, but will still get to enjoy the direct connections with it.

 

Franco has a clear passion for this film and for Tommy Wiseau whom he has fully embodied here. He has done a wonderful job of bringing the bizarre and mysterious nature of his persona and journey to make this film to life without mocking or making  joke of him. Dave Franco is just as great as Greg Sestero brining the perfect innocence, compassion, dedication and all around confusion to the character needed for you to fully understand his side in all of this. Rogen steps into a more toned down supporting role this time around and while there are some funny moments with him he is probably the more serious of the cast for his part in all of this.

 

This is a story that is so over the top ridiculous there is no way you would believe any of it had this film not actually exist. The mysteries surround Wiseau help to bring the laughs, but it is just his everyday mannerisms that sell it and Franco has them down to an art. It is insane how accurate he is at playing him and he deserved another Oscar nomination, but sadly that did not happen. There are certain movies out there that you can watch numerous times and this one falls in that category for me much like the biopics Private Parts and Ed Wood. The ending of the film offers up a side by side comparison of the original scenes along with the recreated ones that are a riot to watch as well as an after credit scene to stick around for.

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