We discovered a film called The Room this year, due to in part to its fame on Social Media, its cult following and the fact that nearly every article it features in, normally has a headline with ‘Is This the Worst Film ever made?’ and now on top of that, we have a biopic of the making of it called The Disaster Artist.
Based on the book of the same name by one of the film ‘Stars’ Greg Sestero, the book tells how he met Tommy Wiseau, how they became friends and followed their dream to be actors, even when they are constantly told they will never make it.
Yet the 2 friends never gave up, and in part, thanks to Tommy being incredibly rich, follow their dream and make a film of their own.
The Disaster Artist follows Greg (Dave Franco) from his first meeting with Tommy (James Franco, who also directed the film)
How they struggle to find roles, how their dreams are trodden on many times from acting coaches and agents (which allows for some cameos from the likes of Melanie Griffith; Sharon Stone and Bob Odenkirk)
Whilst the 2 friends are on a rooftop (where else?), Greg reveals to Tommy, he is ready to give up and makes a throwaway comment about how he wishes they could make their own film.
With Tommy’s wealth, he of course makes that a reality and the film then brings us the making of ‘The Room’ and it’s a joy to watch.
The Room brings all your favourite characters to screen, from Lisa to Chris R (with the cast including the likes of Zac Efron; Josh Hutcherson; Jacki Weaver; Ari Graynor and Josh Hutcherson)
Also we need to mention Seth Rogen, who is great as the script supervisor, who with a wealth of experience can just not believe what he is seeing.
The film really shows the mystery of Tommy Wiseau, his ups and downs, you will dislike the way he stops Greg doing a cameo, following a chance meeting with Bryan Cranston and you’ll feel for him when he is destroyed by a producer he tries to get a meeting with in a cameo by Judd Apatow.
The film brilliantly shows the friendship of Greg and Tommy. Franco is quite frankly incredible and Oscar worthy as Tommy, he shows how misunderstood he is, his loneliness, his need to be loved (shown brilliantly with the fears he will lose Greg when his relationship with his girlfriend Amber (Alison Brie) and his desire and confidence.
The film ends with the premiere of The Room, where the film is shown to be a great success, albeit that is something that has happened over time, through word of mouth from those that have seen it (including many film and TV favourites, some who share the love at the start of the film, the likes of Adam Scott and Kevin Smith)
We just loved the film, it won’t mean much if you have not or hate The Room, but if you have and buy into the great mystery that is Tommy Wiseau, you will not want to miss this film.
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