The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

(2017)

James Franco directs and gives a Golden Globe-winning performance in this behind-the-scenes look at Tommy Wiseau's cult phenomenon The Room. Based on the memoir of The Room co-star Greg Sestero, and starring Dave Franco, Ari Graynor and Seth Rogen alongside a bevy of star-studded cameos.... More

A tribute to the joy and madness of making movies, The Disaster Artist follows the outrageous adventures of eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau and his best friend, actor Greg Sestero. These two endearing misfits move to L.A. and try to live the Hollywood dream by making their very own feature film, but end up embarking on a wildly unpredictable and hilariously unforgettable production. Leading to one of the most infamous, bizarre, and beloved midnight movies of all time, The Room.Hide

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As documentary-style celebrity talking heads attest pre-credits, The Room is a one-of-a-kind movie phenomenon. Don’t worry, though, you won’t need a working knowledge of The Room to enjoy this recounting of its origins and production - historical events to which no adjectives can truly do justice. And, instead of doco dryness, artistic hero worship, or movie biz insiderism, The Disaster Artist proves to be a hilarious and heartfelt tale of ambition, friendship, and the imponderable mind of creative force Tommy Wiseau, played here in astonishingly believable fashion by director James Franco.... More

Anyone that’s seen The Room has surely impersonated Wiseau’s mangled line readings, and it’s easy to see how playing him could quickly slide into caricature. He’s almost too good to be true, a seemingly hybrid comedic creation of Tim & Eric, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Mike Myers, with an accent, affect, and attitude that defy comprehension. Damn near everything that comes out of Franco’s mouth while in character is hilarious as a consequence, yet he somehow manages to imbue this absurdism with humanity. You’ll feel for Wiseau to an unexpected degree even amongst what will seem like insane overacting (and, ok, is at times), but is generally the actor’s version of the breathtaking confidence Wiseau himself exudes - though, as the film shows, it’s masking closely-guarded emotions.

Wiseau’s told he should play Frankenstein by frustrated, and spectacularly-goateed, acting coach Bob Odenkirk at one point. In his mind he’s the leading man, but Mary Shelley’s creation (let’s presume Odenkirk means monster, not doctor) is a valid comparison. You’ll laugh and jeer at Franco’s portrayal, until Wiseau’s fragility surfaces. His desperation to make it in Hollywood and need for approval are hilarious, until they suddenly aren’t. And his friendship with the young actor who wrote the memoir on which this is based, and therefore through whose eyes the story is largely told, Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), is exceedingly odd and sometimes creepy - until it’s heartfelt and true.

While it’s stacked with familiar faces in supporting roles and cameos - Seth Rogen, Melanie Griffith, Alison Brie, Paul Scheer, Sharon Stone, personal fave Nathan Fielder and many more - The Disaster Artist’s spotlight belongs to Franco. As a director he’s fashioned a traditionally shot and structured odd couple tale of chasing your dreams, knowing that everything is secondary to bringing his performance as Wiseau and the remarkable real-life events behind a beloved film oddity to the screen. The results will be familiar to many fans of The Room in that it’s possible to passionately love and laugh at something at the same time - never cruel to its subject, The Disaster Artist ekes more consistent laughs out of Tommy Wiseau than any fictitious character this year.Hide


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BY PercyM superstar

It's both funny and interesting; with terrific performances and an emotional tale.


Literally LOL the whole movie. Please tell me they will release a full remake of The Room!


BY filmlover superstar

I am sure there are a million stories out there about talentless people who have such strong self belief ( and plenty of cash) that they somehow achieve some sort of greatness. Tommy Wiseau lives in a separate reality that allows him to believe he is a movie mogul and acting great. His money allowed him to pull in a team to help him make his film. James Franco does a sterling job at playing the clueless Tommy who somehow pulls off the making of a movie, albeit one so dreadful it became famous... More for it's ghastliness. I haven't seen The Room and probably never will, but it's worth noting that Sylvestor Stallone took a chance just like this and everyone thought Rocky would be awful. Sometimes these crazy visionaries turn out to be brilliant. Tommy Wiseau was not one of them.Hide


BY Barny lister

I dream of turning all my alienation and insecurities into some tangible body of work. Anyway...
"This is the review they'll remember me for".


BY Bo23 nobody

Fans of the The Room or people that have knowledge of the film (I fall into the latter category) will know what they are getting into regarding the humour of this film. But one thing you don't expect is the humanity of the film, propped up by the transformative James Franco performance as Tommy Wiseau. This gets a strong recommendation from me.


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The Press Reviews

  • Strikes a giddy, winning balance between hilarity and heart. Full Review

  • [Boasts] a genuine capacity to delight, whether or not the audiences in question have seen "The Room." Full Review

  • It may soon join Tim Burton's Ed Wood in the ranks of great movies about terrible movies. Full Review

  • Know that you're in for a movie that flogs its fan service so vigorously (forget about a wink - this is a squint), it barely remembers to be anything more than a mildly weird story of friendship and betrayal. Maybe that's all it needs to be. Full Review

  • The dazzle of the cast and the targeted in-jokes never take away from the film's core messaging about the importance of believing in one's own ability as an artist. Full Review

  • ... as actor Paul Scheer said at The Disaster Artist's Toronto Film Festival premiere, "it's the perfect prequel for those who've never seen The Room and the perfect sequel for those who have". Full Review

  • It feels like an insider's movie where the guys who've succeeded in making it inside have a good laugh at those who haven't. Full Review

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