The Disaster Artist (2017)
Directed by James Franco
Based on the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
Screenplay by Scott Nuestadter, Michael H. Weber
Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Zac Efron
Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau develop a unique friendship after meeting in an acting class. When they move to Los Angeles they decide to make a movie to give themselves a shot at stardom.
If you’ve ever seen The Room it seems likely that you haven’t forgotten it. This movie tells the story behind one of the most uniquely bad movies ever made. This movie is based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s book, The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. The screenplay was adapted by Scott Nuestadter ((500) Days of Summer) and Michael H. Weber (The Fault in Our Stars). The movie stars James Franco (The Iceman), who also chose to direct it. The rest of the cast includes Dave Franco (22 Jump Street), Seth Rogen (Knocked Up), Ari Graynor (The Guilt Trip), and Zac Efron (The Greatest Showman).
This is a weird story, based on a book co-written by one of the main characters in it. The writing does a good job of highlighting the key moments that keep the story moving forward. The characters in the film are weird, but that seems to be closer to reality than fiction. Much like I, Tonya, this seems to find the right people to highlight. This also has a lot of “I can’t believe that really happened!” moments. Overall, this is a fun one with a unique blend of drama and comedy. The writers did a good job capturing the experiences of the people involved in making The Room. For their efforts, Scott Nuestadter and Michael H. Weber were nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The cast of this one did their homework. James Franco truly becomes Tommy Wiseau through his great performance. Dave Franco also does a good job playing the sidekick role of Greg Sestero. Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, and Zac Efron all add nice work to this one as well. The actors were asked to depict something bad, while making their own work look good. It’s a tall order and they deliver throughout the movie. The comparisons of these performances to the work done in The Room show how closely they attempted to bring this one a level of authenticity.
This is a fun movie with some great performances. Scenes from the room were recreated with great success. The actors all do a good job keeping their performances close to the real people involved. It’s actually pretty tough to say why this one works. The comedy and drama are solid. The visuals make sense for the material. It just works. The quirky nature of the story might not appeal to everyone, but if you’re a fan of bad movies or curious about the genesis of The Room, this is one to see. I would also suggest this to fans of any of the stars. I give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars.