The Disaster Artist directed and produced by James Franco is an adaption of Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book of the same name. It tells the story of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 movie The Room. I was forced to sit through a screening of Wiseau’s masterpiece. It lives up to its reputation as one of the best worst-films ever made. Franco’s movie shows the chaos surrounding the film-making process.
In 1998, 19-year-old Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) meets Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) at an acting class. After Sestero’s performance is ridiculed by the teacher, Wiseau performs and his over-the-top fearless acting mesmerizes Greg. After awkwardly doing a scene at a diner together, the two become friends, though Tommy refuses to answer any questions about his past to Greg.
The pair soon out for Los Angeles and while Greg does get an agent, he cannot seem to get auditions. Meanwhile, Tommy gets rejected at every turn and soon becomes jealous of Greg’s relationship with nightclub hostess Amber (Alison Brie). After they become disillusioned, Tommy sets out to write the screenplay for a potential film ‘The Room.’
As production begins, Tommy is puzzling everyone with odd decisions, such as filming with digital cameras and 35mm cameras. He installs himself a private bathroom. He builds unnecessary sets and interviews potential actors in the strangest ways. What is more important, where is the money coming from?
As production drags on, Tommy and Greg become angry at one another causing frustration with the rest of the crew including script supervisor Sandy Schklair (Seth Rogan), as well as the actors Scott Holmes (Andrew Santino) who plays Mike, Juliette Danielle (Ari Graynor) who plays Lisa, and Philip Haldiman (Josh Hutcherson) who plays Denny. As arguments begin to ensue, the cast and crew begin to revolt as the film continues shooting.
This is Franco’s best film. Though he portrays the story as a comedy, there are some serious moments that leave you shocked to know that it is a true story. While certainly they dramatized some moments, I thought it captured the chaos surrounding the movie.
I also want to praise the two principle actors, James and Dave Franco. The brothers are incredible as Tommy and Greg. James in particular is gold when he delivers the epic line. “Oh, hai Mark.” Dave is also tremendous. I cheered for him all throughout the movie as he tried to navigate all of the chaos surrounding him.
In one sequence (no spoilers), when Dave is portraying Greg, he is forced to give up a potential gig in order to continue making ‘The Room.’ That part was played so perfectly by the younger Franco, he deserves recognition just for that scene.
I’m going to give an unpopular opinion. The Disaster Artist should have been nominated for Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards. I’m not saying it should have won, but it should have won. If Baby Driver was not going to be nominated, this film should have gone all the way. Now, Dunkirk should have won out of what was nominated, but this film should have gotten that mysteriously absent tenth spot in the category.
One final note, I believe the film was robbed of Best Adapted Screenplay because of the accusations of sexual harassment against James Franco. That is ridiculous. The fact that it was beat out by a film that is pro-pedophilia is disgusting. I’m not saying Franco is innocent, but the screenplay writers should not have lost because of allegations against the director.
FAVORITE QUOTE: What do you do if it turns out really bad? Like… Like, if it turns out terrible. Would you, can you take it off your IMDb?
PARENT CONCERNS: Strong foul language, rear-end nudity
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