I feel that the term “beautiful disaster” best describes the film known as Disaster Artist. Ironically, a film that is about the real-life production of one of cinema’s worst films, winds up being one of the best times at the movies I’ve had all year. With excellent performances, masterful pacing, and even a little heart to boot, Disaster Artist is one film that you’ll definitely want to see this year.
Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) are two students that become friends after Sestero is captivated by the eccentric yet fearless Wiseau in acting class. The two decide that if they are to truly pursue their dreams of becoming actors on the big screen, they need to move to L.A. and put everything on the line in an effort to reach superstardom. The two make the road trip from San Francisco to L.A. in hopes of making it big. As one would expect, between Wiseau’s unsettling over-confidence and Sestero’s lack of confidence in himself, both conclude that they should produce their own film after things aren’t going so well in Hollywood. What follows is a film designed to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Room, a film that was completely written, directed, and paid for by Tommy Wisaeu.
Even though that synopsis may sound pretty simple, I can’t express to you enough how much I enjoyed this film. James Franco gives the performance of his life as he absolutely embodies the eccentric, uncompromising, mysterious, and down-right weird enigma that is Tommy Wisaeu. This film is a laugh riot but not because of well-placed gags or smart humor. This is funny because of the complete audaciousness of Tommy via his interaction with others. I couldn’t believe that there is a person in the world who actually acts like Wisaeu; he is rude, inconsiderate, and very stubborn when it comes to input and direction. Supporting characters such as Producer Sandy Schklair (Seth Rogen), are all seemingly victims of being caught in this hilarious world that Tommy is trying to create on screen.
Dave Franco also does a fantastic job as Sestero, the friend who is trying to hold the production, as well as his friendship with Tommy, together. Seeing what he went through as he deals with Tommy’s jealousy and nonsensical tendencies is really a joy to behold. Yet, by the time you arrive to the end of the film, you find both Wisaeu and Sestero to be equally as endearing.
There are times when not every awkward moment hits as a laugh, and the tone is uneven at points as well. But at the film’s heart, there is definitely relentless pursuit of dreams and desires of the heart, no matter how tough things may seem. There is something courageous about not being willing to compromise your visions or your mantra, despite what the world shows you. Those messages wind up being the pulse of this film, and the reason the movie truly succeeds in the end.
I was not someone that went into this movie knowing who Tommy was, or anything about The Room before I watched, but after seeing this film and spending some time with this story I will definitely be watching The Room myself, just so I can get a glimpse of the real individuals behind this remarkable story of a movie that went from “worst film” to “Cult classic”. Lastly, I am rooting for Franco to get that Oscar nod for his acting performance in this. Once you see the side-by-side performing of Franco next to the real Tommy Wisaeu during the film’s credits, you’ll instantly understand why this film has one of the great performances of 2017. Highly recommended.
91 “OH Hey Mark” quotes at the worst possible time, out of 100% (91%)