The Disaster Artist Film Review

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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November 24th, 2017

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast

The Disaster Artist Film Review

Dir: James Franco; Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, and Jacki Weaver 15 cert, 105 min

We all love a good movie and despise watching bad movies in general, but an infamously awful project like The Room enters another ball game. The disastrous project has intrigued me for years, as the bad editing and terrible performances get under the skin. I have watched the movie on several occasions with various friends. It's one of the worst films ever made - but something about the experience is timeless in my eyes. I even studied the picture in high school for my media studies classes, which shaped me into a film critic: it shares a secure connection in my heart.

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James Franco's latest project The Disaster Artist is set to explain how the worst film in years was created, a mind-boggling concept which is a passion project from the talented comedian and actor. But can the insane concept work, from an entirely different angle? Work as the perfect companionship to one of the strangest movie projects of all time. Or wither and die? Let’s go into the anticipated disaster epic.

Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero become friends after meeting each other in an acting class in San Francisco. Hoping to achieve Hollywood stardom, Sestero moves to Los Angeles and signs on to appear in his buddy's project. Financed with his own money, Wiseau writes, directs and stars in "The Room," a critically maligned movie that becomes a cult classic.

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We can confirm that Dave Franco (Spider-Man) delivers a career-defining performance in The Disaster Artist, bringing together all the characteristics of Tommy Wiseau onto the screen, without feeling like a parody. The director gives needed respect to the source material but also brings out new facts about the development process behind a historically lousy movie.

A role like Tommy Wiseau is a hard fill, with a strange accent and bizarre vision of the Hollywood dream. But somehow James Franco knocks it out the mark, with some belly laughing scenes which should go down in history as the strangest acting role.

I love how James Franco completely adapts the oblivious, and wannabe Hollywood heartthrob with tough any issues. The strange accent Tommy uses sometimes gets in the way at points: you can just see how much Franco cares about the original movie. I went in expecting jokes thrown at the fan, but The Disaster Artist subtle comedic overtones make it a crowd pleaser.

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His brother Dave Franco also delivers, a quirky performance in the role of Greg Sestro. They both share a reliable connection on screen with their complex personalities, making for a constant runtime. While Dave Franco might not be the film's headline performance, there is something about his connection with the other actors is something to write home about. I hope to see him in future projects with his brother: the man has got talent in bringing out characters.

Production of The Room is an exciting story, with terrible performances being just the tip of an enormous iceberg. We see the film’s storied development, through a few various lenses with co-workers failing to understand Tommy’s masterpiece. The movie doesn’t paint Tommy Wiseau as an egomaniac, instead of a person who made a baffling piece of art with no intention.

The film follows shifts focus on Greg’s horror in realizing what he’s signed up for; I loved those moments in the movie. As they push away from the rigid structure set in the first half, for a rapid selection of crowd-pleasing jokes. Making it the funniest film of 2017. Franco delivers in bringing signature candles, with Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Megan Mullally, Hannibal Buress, Judd Apatow, Bryan Cranston, Zac Efron and Ari Graynor all delivering some belly laughing performances.

Cast members don’t detract from the experience, a problem seen in modern day comedy. I enjoyed how they seem less add into the movies strong story, which is a rare thing to do in a brief runtime. James Franco delivers on the vision of making Tommy Wiseau a focus, instead of just overloading the movie with too many pointless cameos.

The main reason, The Room is looked upon as classic in the eyes of many, is due to inspirational tragedy. Interviews with the director Tommy Wiseau, always seem severe and not the comedy everyone sees. James Franco takes the project seriously, and it pays off with a solid movie. The Disaster Artist (2017) is about a man, who is trying to get his point across, with no skills to get it to work on screen. I loved the journey towards a renowned terrible movie: despite knowing the final destination.

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