Oh, hai Mark!
A movie about the worst movie ever made that’s gaining A LOT of award season buzz. Who would’ve thought that?
Like I said before, this movie is about the greatest bad movie ever made, “The Room”. Which, if you haven’t seen it, is truly something…special. It spawned midnight screenings (which I HIGHLY recommend attending) all across the United States and instantly became a cult classic for all of its weirdness. This film was written, directed, produced and starred Tommy Wiseau. The man’s an enigma. To this day, people still don’t know where he came from, how old he is or where in the world he obtained the $6 MILLION he used on “The Room”. First of all, you could’ve made that movie on a budget of $100,000, maybe less, I’m STILL confused as to where that money could’ve been invested. The world will never know, and apparently Tommy loves it that way. Though this movie is about the making of “The Room”, it’s actually based on a story called “The Disaster Artist”. This story was written by Greg Sestero, Tommy’s best friend and the man who also played Mark in “The Room”.
This movie surprised the hell out of me. It’s a touching and endearing story about a man with a dream. They really approached it with caution and went about telling it in a very different way than many expected. This would’ve been the easiest thing on planet earth to make fun of, but James Franco told the story in a different light; I felt inspired by Tommy. This movie delves into the oddness and mystery of Tommy, but also preserves the fact that he was a dreamer. Like many people wanting to work in entertainment, he just wanted to make his dreams come true. They made Tommy relatable while telling a really wonderful and comedic story. It was a movie that came full circle emotionally and left me satisfied with what I saw after I left.
Along with the story itself being fantastic, the acting was off the charts. James Franco was unrecognizable when he went under the transformation to become Tommy. He looked almost EXACTLY LIKE HIM. I was FLOORED. It wasn’t just his appearance that captured Tommy, he got everything from his mannerisms down to his questionable accent. I’m not at all surprised that there’s a lot of award buzz around Franco, I was incredibly impressed. His brother Dave Franco, who played Greg, gave a phenomenal performance as well. I sincerely hope that Dave gets nominations for this role because he put his heart into it. It was something that was clearly visible on screen for the entirety of the movie.
Even if you haven’t seen “The Room”, “The Disaster Artist” is still worth a viewing. One of the best films I’ve seen this year!