James Franco’s The Disaster Artist tells the story of the worst film ever made. The Room is the most notorious It’s-so-bad-it-is-good film. The film was written, directed and produced by the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, who also played the lead role of course. Not much is known about Tommy. He himself claims that he was born in America, but his peculiar accent tells us otherwise. Nobody knows where he came from or how old he is. Tommy had a dream of becoming a famous actor, a hero, yet Hollywood turned him down. Which is why he decided to make his own movie, funded by his own money.
The Room is estimated to have cost around $6 million dollars to make and it is not known how Tommy acquired all that money. The Room takes place in San Francisco, where we follow Johnny, who appears to have it all. He has a best friend named Mark and a beautiful fiancée named Lisa. Johnny appears to have everything going for him, until he is betrayed in the worst way ever and everything around him starts to crumble.
Whether it is the bad acting, the clumsy writing or the strange way it is filmed, The Room was mocked at its release, yet somehow found its way into cult status. Till this day, sold-out midnight screenings are held in which the audience responds to what happens on screen. The worst movie ever made was supposed to die a fast death. Yet it still is still alive.
The recently released The Disaster Artist tells the story of how the film came to be. It shows the peculiar relationship between Greg, an inspiring actor and the mysterious Tommy. Directed by James Franco, who also plays Tommy and starring his brother Dave Franco, it is a must-see film for anyone who likes to room. Or just anyone looking for a good film to watch.
In the past, James Franco has impressed with a variety of roles. Despite the fact that he has the looks to always play the pretty boy, he is not afraid to completely transform for a role. In The Disaster Artist, he sports Tommy’s signature long black hair and nails the peculiar accent. He makes you believe that he is Tommy, which is not an easy thing to do. It is fantastic to see him do his thing and be hilarious even though he is not necessarily trying to be. The best scenes are when James gets to play with his brother Dave. There is a great chemistry between the two and it shows in everything. The other actors are phenomenal as well, and from everything you can tell they had a lot of fun making this film.
Here’s a side by side comparison of the original film, and The Disaster Artist.
The film is based on the book of the same name by Greg Sestero. The book tells the story of what it was like to be in the worst film ever made. It translates well on screen, with the film having many hilarious moments. But most of all, the film shows what it is like to be a struggling actor in Hollywood. It never antagonises Tommy, which would have been so easy to do. Instead, it just shows a man who has a dream and genuinely wants to make the best film ever. He always believed that The Room was a film worthy of an Academy Award. That is probably the most touching insight The Disaster Artist has to offer. While The Room may not have ever won an Oscar, I believe The Disaster Artist does deserve to win a few. Especially James Franco for the way he portrays Tommy.
You don’t have to have seen The Room in order to watch The Disaster Artist. Yet if you are looking for a funny, heart-warming film that shows what it is like to follow your dreams, this is definitely a film to watch. The Disaster Artist is in select theatres now.