As The Disaster Artist opens up, we hear from various celebrities giving recollections about the now cult classic known as The Room. A24 Pictures & New Line Cinema present the hilarious black comedy, The Disaster Artist. Director James Franco brings, the real-life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man behind what is often referred to as “The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies,” The Room, is brought to life, chronicling the odd film’s troubled development and eventual cult success.
When Greg Sestero, (Dave Franco) an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) in an acting class; they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true. As the two struggle to make it in the” City Of Angels,” Tommy has the bright idea for the two to make their own film, The Room.
What follows is a humorous look at a Wiseau’s goal to make his dream of becoming a director a reality. One might think, to enjoy The Disaster Artist you need to see have seen The Room that’s not the case. Instead of making this a one-joke movie, or a for the fans only, Franco and his screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber chose to focus on the friendship between Greg & Tommy., as well as the method behind Tommy’s madness. It helps that the screenwriting adapted Sestero’s book, “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”.
While the film has a tremendous supporting cast scene-stealing moments from the always reliable Seth Rogen and a side-splitting cameo from Zac Efron, the film truly belongs to James Franco. As Tommy, Franco candidly disappears into the role, so much in fact, with his opening monologue, I didn’t see James Franco any longer, and I saw Tommy. Credit also goes to the younger Franco as Greg, as in the past I’ve always thought Dave was just playing himself. Dave Franco fully commits to the role, and I’m interested to see where he goes with his next role.
The Disaster Artist may not be for all tastes, but for I enjoyed it. I’ve always enjoyed the movie-within-a-movie storytelling aspect. The laughs in the movie are frequent, and the chemistry between the cast is excellent. If you’re looking for a break from your standard holiday fare at your local, cinema, The Disaster Artist is worth a look. Be sure to check out the pre-credit scene where you’ll get a side by side comparison of The Room & The Disaster Artist. The attention to detail Franco put into the detail into this film is awe-inspiring.
Final Grade B+