Is real Hollywood movie.
The Disaster Artist (2017) is a biographical dramedy based on the book by Greg Sestero and directed by James Franco. It stars Dave Franco as Greg, a young aspiring actor who befriends the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and together make one of the greatest ‘bad’ movies of all time in The Room.
A film known to movie lovers all around the world, to say The Room has a cult following is almost selling its success short. This makes The Disaster Artist a story of tantalising possibilities – and one that is not only funny and sweet but also inspiring in a weird, twisted way.
The first step Disaster Artist makes right is sticking to a serious approach to the subject matter. It would’ve been so easy to make a film based around laughing at Tommy Wiseau, a man so mysterious and weird that he’s the closest thing we have to evidence of extraterrestrial life. That doesn’t mean this film isn’t funny – far from it – but when the drama hits, it hits with a surprising amount of force. At the crux of this film, apart from all the meta movie-making and quotable lines is the story of two friends struggling to achieve their dreams and deciding to make their own. I never thought making one of the worst movies of all time would be an inspiring outcome, but here we are.
Speaking of surprising outcomes, James Franco is nowhere to be seen in his movie. Sure, he may technically be starring in it, but all you ever see on screen is a slightly buffer Tommy Wiseau trying to make his dreams a reality. His performance and delivery is so uncanny its almost surreal – everything from the weird facial twitches to the impossible to pick accent has been replicated with spectacular success. Another surprising outcome is Dave Franco as Greg. Not only did I find his face anywhere near as punchable as I usually do, he actually does a great job not only in the role but acting opposite his brother giving the performance of his career. Supporting roles from Seth Rogen, Alison Brie and Ari Graynor are all excellent too, but the focus rarely strays from the two stars at its core.
As Wiseau himself would say, The Disaster Artist is ‘real Hollywood movie’. But that statement discounts the fantastic work on display here by Franco and cast – funny, bizarre and weirdly inspiring The Disaster Artist is much more artistic than it is disaster.
General Audiences: Highly Recommended
Film Buffs: Highly Recommended
True Believers (The Room): Must-see