‘The Disaster Artist’ Review


The Disaster Artist is a semibiographical comedy-drama film produced and directed by James Franco. The film is based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book of the same name and chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film, The Room, which has been described by many critics as “one of the worst movies ever made.” James Franco stars in the film as Tommy Wiseau alongside his younger brother Dave Franco who plays Greg Sestero. The Disaster Artist also features an ensemble supporting cast including Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron and Jacki Weaver. The film is hilarious and may give the elder Franco another Best Actor Academy Award nomination and possibly even a Best Director nomination as well. James portrays Wiseau as a very likable character even when he is being difficult to work with. The viewer can feel how much he just wants the approval from his friends (employees) and to be noticed in Hollywood even though he plays like he doesn’t care what people think of him. The film even manages to explore the mystery of Tommy Wiseau. He financed The Room himself, with the final budget being somewhere around $6 million USD. To this day, nobody knows where he got his money from and the film plays up that aspect in a few scenes. Dave is great as Greg Sestero. He admires Tommy for his insouciant attitude and for convincing him to actually try to live his dream of becoming an actor. James and Dave’s chemistry is nothing short of phenomenal. The fact that they are real-life brothers plays a big part in that because it is hard for actors to connect as well as they did without spending a vast amount of time with each other. Every time they are on screen together the viewer feels like they are having fun spending time together. Each of the supporting cast provides their own strengths to the film as well. Each has a scene with James that comes off as comical even if it isn’t meant to be. It’s great when a comedy doesn’t have to try very hard to create laughs. Every comical situation felt organic as if it were real life. The film also has many dramatic moments that are just as organic as the comedic ones. James Franco really does a great job at pulling memorable performances out of all the actors, even those with smaller roles. This film manages to catch a fragment of what makes Hollywood so special. Many actors show up every day to work on projects they do not know will even succeed all because it is their dream. Even the worst days on set can be better than the best days off set. I give The Disaster Artist an Excellent 9.5/10. Even if The Room is one of the worst films ever made, The Disaster Artist makes you want to give it a watch to experience it for yourself.


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