I’ve seen “The Room,” and because it gained a cult following for being one of the worst movies of all time, I can’t write a review of it. I can, however, say it was terrible in its narrative, acting, and editing.
I just saw “The Disaster Artist,” which has James Franco directing himself as Tommy Wiseau, the writer, producer, director, and star of “The Room.” This is so outrageously funny and touching, and it does a swell job at satirizing the making of a bad movie.
James’ brother Dave Franco plays Greg Sestero, a young would-be actor, who becomes so inspired by Tommy’s outspoken performance (even if it’s just bad acting) that he decides to become friends with him. They even move out to Tommy’s apartment in LA, and they begin looking for acting jobs. Greg finds a talent agent, but no job, and nobody would hire Tommy if he was the last actor on Earth. So why don’t they make their own movie? Exactly. The Title: “The Room.”
Tommy has the money (nobody knows how or where) to buy the expensive equipment for his movie, and the producers and script supervisor (Seth Rogen, who also produced it) find his acting, character, and personality to be out of whack. That’s why the movie sucks. Nobody knows how old he is and where he is originally from (because of his accent), but Tommy still makes the movie his way.
There are some scenes I didn’t like, but still, I laughed my ass off through almost the whole thing. “The Disaster Artist” is unbelievable in showing profound acting of bad acting, and kudos to James Franco. Dave Franco is also explosive as Greg, especially when he stacks Tommy for his behavior and character. James and Dave are great together.
And we have loads of actors: Rogen as the comical script supervisor, Judd Apatow as a producer who slams Tommy, Josh Hutcherson playing a kid actor, Jacki Weaver, Alison Brie, Paul Scheer, Zac Efron, Hannibal Buress, Jason Mantzoukas, and Megan Mullally, among others. Too many celebrities, but one funny and heartfelt movie