The true story of the making of The Room, a cult favorite bad movie
that was written and directed by the mysterious Tommy Wiseau.
The Disaster Artist (2017)
Directed by James Franco
Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Starring James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ali Graynor,
Alison Brie, Paul Scheer, Jacki Weaver, Josh Hutcherson
Based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room,
the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell
Oscar Nominations - Best Adapted Screenplay
The story of The Room is nothing short of incredible, simply because it makes absolutely no sense. It was a terrible movie that was written by, directed by, and starred a vaguely Eastern European aspiring actor with a seemingly endless supply of petty cash. Somehow, this movie became a cult favorite and plays to sold out midnight screenings across the country. The Disaster Artist tells the story of how this bizarre movie was made, and how the friendship/rivalry of creator Tommy Wiseau and his best friend Greg Sestero led to its inception. The biopic is great, particularly because of James Franco's spot-on performance as Wiseau himself.
James Franco directs and stars in this biopic, perhaps taking a page out of Wiseau's book. He plays the man with such obnoxious attitude, to the point where you wonder if anybody ever enjoyed the man's company. I don't know how accurate his portrayal of Wiseau's personality was, but if he was correct, then I can't believe The Room ever made it to the cutting room floor. It's strange that Franco was able to make an entire movie about arguably the greatest bad movie of all time, yet somehow it works. He plays off his brother Dave perfectly and manages to come across as both endearing and possibly psychopathic.
Franco painstakingly recreated a number of scenes from The Room for this movie, and his effort shows. He managed to make a movie about what realistically happens when you pursue your impossible dreams. Yet, there's also a sense of optimism about it. The Disaster Artist is about a man with no fear who wanted to do things his own way, and regardless of whether or not you think Tommy Wiseau succeeded or failed, you have to respect the man's refusal to take no for an answer, no matter how many times it was screamed at his face.