James Franco and Seth Rogen’s movie about the worst movie ever made (2003’s The Room) is possibly their best movie they’ve ever made. The Disaster Artist is a charming hit and a crowd cheering pleasure for 2017.
Where to begin? 2003’s The Room was directed, written, produced and starred Tommy Wiseau A.K.A. the mystery man of Hollywood. With all due respect, Wiseau and his feature film are an enigma. Wiseau is known for his mane of jet-black hair and unusual fashion sense — multiple belts and black sunglasses at all times. We still have yet to find out where he’s originally from, how old he is and where is fortune comes from…? “So, people ask me, ‘Where you come from?’ Right? So, what’d you wanna do? Which country do you pick? Um, you know, I pick New Orleans.” This has been his go-to city for years. Wiseau spent $6 million of his own money on The Room, blowing most of it on follies like buying film equipment instead of renting and insisting on shooting both digitally and on film.
Yes, you heard that right! He shot The Room in both digital and film. The film centers on a melodramatic love triangle between amiable banker Johnny (Wiseau), his deceptive fiancée Lisa (actor Juliette Danielle) and his conflicted best friend Mark (actor Greg Sestero). Sestero later went on to write his 2013 novel, The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, which was a behind the scenes look at this troubled development and his relationship with Wiseau. Later, director James Franco would pick-up the book and decide to turn it into a full-blown film. The Room has been pinned has one of the worst films ever made, yet people keep going back and watching it. It gained a cult following and has had countless midnight showings over the last 14 years.
While Wiseau’s film is with no doubt awful, nevertheless; it questioned the very film nature of quality and routinely became a midnight guilty pleasure. For this, I cannot give The Room a star rating. It’s a piece of bad art hanging from the wall that you are constantly observing over and over again. Which leads us to 2017’s The Disaster Artist, the life of a man inspiring to make a feature length film in the industry. Now, a Golden Globe winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Franco’s portrayal as Wiseau is shockingly good. He’s a knockout in the role, sunglasses and all. Behind James is his younger brother Dave Franco, who portrays the best friend Greg Sestero and his first count view from the tale. D. Franco gives us an exciting and complex look into the coming-of-age life as Sestero.
The Franco Bros. go full throttle into this juicy story of friendship and absurdity. The Disaster Artist is chop full of magical moments like unforgettable lines (“Oh, hai Mark.,” “YOU ARE TEARING ME APART, LISA!, “ and “Oh hai doggy!”), the constant footballing, the creepy billboard, the terrible green screen and of course Zac Efron’s ragging performance as Chris-R. You’re going to have a blast. The Disaster Artist has found its niche and delivers one of the funniest movies of 2017 and also one of the sweetest. In the end, The Disaster Artist is a grand tribute to “the best worst movie ever.” "I realized this year that I had my own Franco Brother. I love him more than anything. Thanks to my mother for giving him to me." I am looking forward too many future films to follow these heights from the Franco Bros.
The Disaster Artist is rated R (Restricted). For language throughout and some sexuality/nudity.