The Disaster Artist Review
The 100th Review on the site!
by E. Stevens
**** 4 Stars
‘Franco’s acting as the mysterious Tommy Wiseau is completely exceptional, and he pulls off this eccentric character to perfection.’
Director: James Franco
Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen & Ari Graynor
Synopsis: Aspiring actor Greg Sestero moves to Los Angeles with his new friend Tommy Wiseau. Funded by $5 million of his own mysterious fortune, Wiseau writes, produces, directs and stars in a film that is truly unique.
In 2003, a film was released that was arguably the worst ever made. However, this movie was so terrible, and the creator so intriguing and mysterious, that it became a classic. The Disaster Artist tells the story of two men and the creation of the world’s greatest bad movie.
The story begins in San Francisco with aspiring actor Greg Sestero meeting eccentric Tommy Wiseau in an acting class. Greg wants Wiseau to help him rehearse, as he admires his fearlessness and complete lack of embarrassment on stage. The pair quickly become friends, and it is not long before Wiseau suggests they move to an apartment he owns in LA to pursue their careers. Sestero is taken aback, but agrees. However when they arrive in Los Angeles they discover that becoming an actor is more difficult than they had anticipated.
After almost giving up, Wiseau has a brainwave, to write his own movie for them both to star in. At first Sestero is shocked, but eventually agrees to take one of the starring roles as Mark. The filming of The Room doesn’t exactly run smoothly, as Wiseau constantly arrives late to set, forgets lines that he wrote himself and refuses to provide his actors with water. The cast and crew are also completely confused by Wiseau’s inexplicable acting choices and nonsensical plot. After a heated argument on one of the final days of filming, Sestero storms out and doesn’t reunite with Wiseau until the film premiere, eight months later.
Franco’s acting as the mysterious Tommy Wiseau is completely exceptional, and he pulls off this eccentric character to perfection. Another aspect of this film that I enjoyed was the ending scene, which contained side by side comparisons of The Room’s original scenes and the recreated ones with the cast of The Disaster Artist. This really showed the quality of acting from the cast, who all recreated the iconic scenes almost exactly. On the other hand, I did feel that the character of Tommy Wiseau was a little too unlikeable, as I personally could not really find much to like about Franco’s character. This made the ending where Wiseau and Sestero meet again not as effective as it could have been. On the whole though, this film was very entertaining and a far better movie than the one it is based on.
The Disaster Artist is currently available on Prime Video and was rated 15 by the BBFC.