The Disaster Artist (2017) is Directed by, and stars James Franco. Dave Franco, Seth Rogan, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jason Mantzoukas and Josh Hutcherson join the cast. It is based on the book by Greg Sisterio about the true life story of Tommy Wisau and the author and how they created arguably the worst movie ever made.
A movie about the worst movie ever made is easily one of the best movies of 2017. I LOVED the strangeness of what I just saw. What a performance by James Franco! I smell an Oscar Nod for sure!
I think what caught me, and most others by surprise was just how much heart this film had. I was expecting some sort of mockumentary or parody where they simply trolled Tommy Wiseau for being so foolish. Instead the film is an inspirational and charming look at one bizarre (very bizarre) man’s quest to become a “real American movie star”. Very interesting take indeed.
James Franco like I previously mentioned probably delivered his best work. I’ve seen Wiseau before and I am very familiar with the infamous scenes of the room, and he played him to a teeth. Totally disappeared within the role. What’s fascinating is the layers he brought to this odd, Alien of a man. I didn’t realise how mysterious and creepy he could be whilst still being lovable and sensitive.
Dave Franco is pretty awesome too as Greg Sistero. I’m baffled that the two are brothers. I actually had to remind myself this in the cinema, they couldn’t be playing any different characters. It was astounding.
The rest of the cast did a really good job too. I was expecting more comedy from the likes of Seth Rogan. He’s naturally funny, but he doesn’t really have a comedic role. I think this film is a dramady and should be marketed as such.
I thought this film would be a straight forward behind the scenes look at the making of ‘The Room’. Instead, anything to do with ‘The Room’ begins later on into the film. This establishes character development and motivation a lot more and makes this ridiculous film seem all the more inspiring. The film really is one about one man’s refusal to hear no, even if the whole world is against him.
The attention to detail is remarkable, the late 90s and early 2000s really come alive in everything from the costumes/music/cars and references. There’s a sweet little cameo with an early 2000s reference that I wouldn’t spoil.
What else I found great was the documentary style camera work during the scenes shooting the film. It really did feel like behind the scenes footage in certain parts and the camera did seem to follow the characters around, but not as evidently as Birdman (2015).
This film is amazing. I’m not sure if it’s purposefully being meta or unintentionally seemed like it. Much of the bemusement and confusion expressed by anyone who watched ‘The Room’ is expressed by many of the characters in this film. I’m not sure if this was purposefully done so that as to have a laugh at the film, or if the real actors and characters depicted in the film truly felt this way. The film also makes the impression that ‘The Room’ is a reflection of Wiseau’s life. Just as the artist feels unappreciated by the world, so does his character Johnny.
Poignant. Layered. Hilarious. I did NOT expect this film to be this good and had no idea it was even being made. There’s slight nudity and some swearing but I think families can watch most of this film which is different from most of the James Franco/Seth Rogan crew.
What The Disaster Artist is to me, is a testimony of human determination and specimen of its absurdity. Have YOU seen it? Do you have any thoughts to share? Leave your views in the comments below.