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The Disaster Artist (9/10)
Director: James Franco
Runtime: 105 Minutes
This is my second time watching The Disaster Artist. The first being in my local cinema where I had one of the best experiences i’ve ever had going there. Everyone was howling with laughter and even the most subtle of things that you’d only understand if you’ve seen The Room still got a laugh out of the audience. And it’s still as good as when I saw it in cinema. It’s a movie about the making of one of the worst movies of all time. The Room is without question one of the worst movies ever made, is it the worst is a matter of taste. In my opinion it really isn’t, maybe from a technical standpoint it could be considered one of the worst but I have seen many more bad movies than The Room. As mentioned at the beginning of this movie by famous actors, The Room is a movie with heart, you can see Tommy Wiseau put his heart and soul into making it. James Franco set out to make The Disaster Artist, a movie that faithfully adapts the events written up by Greg Sestero who plays Mark in The Room. It’s strange to think all the events seen in the film actually happened, what’s better is that James Franco treats it all with such respect and still manages to make it extremely funny.
Greg Sestero is a struggling actor (Dave Franco) who befriends Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). They move to Hollywood to follow their dreams and soon start to get rejected by every casting agency. They eventually decide to make their own movie, that movie being The Room. It’s a crime that James Franco didn’t win an Oscar for his role here, as personally I believe it to be one of the best from 2017. Putting Wiseau and Franco side by side he has simply nailed the look and feel of the man. This definitely shouldn’t overshadow Dave Franco who looks uncanny as Greg Sestero, overall everyone does a great job in looking the part of their counterparts. Even a small role like Zac Efron in the movie, he does a good job and looks just like the character from the actual movie. There’s so much in this movie that you question, like why did Tommy carry on making this movie even though it was clear he should stop? At the heart of this movie it’s about showing that Hollywood is full of dreamers, just because you want it doesnt mean it will happen. Wiseau is definitely a weird and mysterious guy, the movie constantly has us questioning everything about him. Even Greg eventually asks him out of anger where does all the money come from and how old he really is. We never get any answers to these questions and as the movie tells us at the end, we still don’t.
Looking back now it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Tommy Wiseau making The Room, much like how it’s hard to imagine anyone but James Franco playing Tommy Wiseau. The Disaster Artist is a brilliant movie that’s as funny as it is sad. It’s hard to say if you haven’t seen The Room if you’ll enjoy The Disaster Artist. My guess is they’ll be certain aspects you won’t understand and that might stop you from enjoying it at its fullest. However this is all the more reason to watch The Room, grab a few friends and watch one of the worst (best) movies of all time.