“The Disaster Artist” Review

“The Disaster Artist”, which chronicles the friendship of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero, and their journey in creating the cult classic “The Room”, debuted to raving reviews and two golden globe nominations. And the reviews were right- “The Disaster Artist” was undoubtedly one of the funniest movies of the year.

James Franco as Tommy Wiseau

The film opens with Tommy, played by James Franco, and Greg, played by Dave Franco, in an acting class in San Francisco. Greg, a lackluster actor, is blown away by Tommy’s eccentricity and hard-to-place accent. They develop a friendship, and decide to move to Tommy’s Los Angeles apartment to pursue show-business together. After realizing that the industry is harder to break than they thought, Tommy decides to singlehandedly write and fund a movie, giving birth to “The Room”. (Wiseau is ridiculously wealthy, and to this day, no one knows where his money actually comes from.)

Infamously known as one of the worst movies of all time, devoid of plot, substance, and filled with irrelevant storylines, “The Room” grew to become loved by many. “The Disaster Artist” chronicles Wiseau’s journey from creation to premiere, and James Franco’s performance as Tommy is one of his best yet. Tommy Wiseau’s fortune, age, and place of birth are all unavailable as public information. He claims to be from the New Orleans “bayou area”, but his accent is clearly that of an Eastern European country. Still, the eldest Franco brother captures Wiseau in a perfect light (with the help of a wild black wig, contacts, and slight prosthetic-work), and brings humor to one of the most elusive and bizarre men in Hollywood.

The original poster for “The Room”

Boasting a cast of some of the funniest people in Hollywood, including the Franco brothers, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Ari Graynor, Nathan Fielder, Paul Scheer, and Jason Mantzoukas, “The Disaster Artist” manages to make you laugh in just about every scene. But Tommy’s journey also reveals a deeper message; we all just want to be accepted. Wiseau makes his desire to achieve clear, as he tells Greg, “Los Angeles, everybody want to be star. You have to be the best and never give up.” And Tommy manages to attain that stardom. “The Room” is speculated to have had a budget of around $6 million, and have made around $1,800 in box office sales. But despite commercial failure, the film has managed to attain a loyal cult-following, and a permanent memorialization in “The Disaster Artist”.

Watch the trailer for “The Disaster Artist” here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPSJYXi7BWA