For anyone who has ever seen The Room, the 2003 film that was crafted by the very interesting Tommy Wiseau, you will know it is unlike any movie that has come before it or since. The Disaster Artist gives us the best look at one of Hollywood’s most mysterious personalities in a funny and yet moving piece of cinema.
At the beginning, we get to meet Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) in San Francisco at an acting class. During this class, Greg gets to meet Tommy Wiseau (James Franco, just give the man the Oscar already!) and the two instantly begin their journey to Hollywood.
While Greg wants nothing but to prove himself a star, Tommy actually challenges him and pushes Greg to take the leap and the duo try their luck. While Greg gets an agent with little work, Tommy is otherwise too proud to accept any help and believes himself to be perfect to play a hero in any film that he can. The duo then decide they should make their own film, this results in…you guessed it! THE ROOM!
While the movie has built up towards this point, the journey has so far been enjoyable and hilarious. The tensions and conflict begin within moments of The Room beginning production. The friendship build between the two central characters hits many bumps and the shoot of 40 days is surpassed with all involved in the film getting more irritated and angry.
The Disaster Artist addresses many questions that fans have had over the years. What is the story? Why is the Breast Cancer reveal never mentioned again? Where does the money come from? Where does Tommy come from? Some of this is addressed, other things we never find out, but is a bit of mystery a bad thing?
Ironically based on one of the worst films of all time, this has to be the best comedy to come from 2017. James Franco not only stars in this masterpiece, but also is the director. The rest of the cast are fantastic and provide a great amount of humour in their scenes. Seth Rogen gives some great one-liners as script supervisor Sandy, Alison Brie’s Amber is a welcome connection to Greg for him to connect with someone other than the eccentric Tommy and then you have Dave Franco who makes Greg a conflicted person between his need to become a serious actor and the dedication to his friendship with Tommy Wiseau. The cast bringing to life the original actors from The Room are all fun with a few cameos thrown in for good measure.
Overall, the best person in this film is the title star himself. James Franco makes Tommy both a figure of great humour and heart-breaking tragedy. Tommy clearly wants to be a star, but he hides his agony and frustration behind a façade until he comes to make The Room. The real Tommy is revealed to be more vulnerable than anyone else in this film and you feel for him more than you could possibly imagine.
To anyone who has seen The Room, you will love this movie. If you have never seen it, then you will still love The Disaster Artist. If you really wanted to see how this film compares to The Room, there is a chance to see what was originally shot. The direction of the movie is swift and fun with plenty of emotion and drama to break between the comical beats. Expect to see this as one of the big hitters for the Academy Awards!
Final rating: 10/10
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove