The Room (2003) is a film one has to see to truly understand how bad it is. Dubbed by many as the “Citizen Kane” of bad films, Tommy Wiseau and his friend Greg Sestero set out to make a movie when their acting careers didn’t take off. The Disaster Artist (2017), based on the book by Sestero titled “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”, has James Franco directing and playing Wiseau, and the film works as a comedy with a character that is sympathetic. It also acts as one of the most interesting biopics about pursuing a dream and not letting others stop you from achieving your goals.
The Disaster Artist is a comedic biopic masterfully executed
Greg (Dave Franco) meets Tommy in an acting class and is inspired by Tommy’s ability to go big despite people’s reactions. Tommy suspiciously accepts Greg’s offer to do a scene together, leading to the two bonding. Next thing they know, they’re making plans to move from San Francisco to L.A. to pursue their shared dream of becoming actors.
The film is full of cameos starting off with celebrities, including Adam Scott, Kevin Smith, Kristen Bell, J.J. Abrams, and many others, in a documentary-style format talking about Wiseau and The Room. Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Mantzoukas, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Ari Graynor, Judd Apatow, Bob Odenkirk, and Hannibal Buress, to name a few, show up in various roles and times in the film. They all have some great moments in the movie, but it’s Seth Rogen as Sandy Schklair who has some of the funniest moments. Of course, the best moments are left for the leads.
The Franco’s are both at their best in this film; James channels Wiseau almost too perfect that it’s frightening at times, and Dave just gives a great straight man performance alongside his brother. The two have a natural chemistry, and it makes the connection between Wiseau and Sestero all the more realistic and relatable. According to reports, James directed the film in character as well due to the prosthetic make-up he wore to avoid confusion for the rest of the cast. Despite the craziness that is The Room and all the myths surrounding Wiseau, James manages to make him a tragic hero.
The Disaster Artist is a very funny film and is in many ways inspiring. Despite its comedic nature, I found the story of Wiseau and Sestero to be rather inspiring. Sure, the end product of their journey didn’t elicit the reaction they’d hoped, but it did make them famous. It’s quite possible that this is the funniest biopic in existence to date. The Disaster Artist earns the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.