The Franco’s take a journey into the cult hit and “Citizen Kane of bad films” in their new film, ‘The Disaster Artist’. Based on Greg Sestero’s “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”, the film’s premise is an interesting one and features a great comedic cast. Does the film deliver the laughs, or does it fall into a status as same as ‘The Room’? To put it mildly, ‘The Disaster Artist’ is one of the best comedies I’ve seen in recent memory, and one of the top films of 2017.
Let’s start with what essentially carries the film, James Franco’s performance. Franco captures the legend, the icon, the enigma that is Tommy Wiseau in such an amazing way. He really gives it his all in the film, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets an Oscar nod for his performance. He brings the heart that Tommy has brilliantly, while still keeping the mysterious aura that has made Wiseau famous over the years. It also doesn’t hurt to mention that his directing was really good in the film, and you can see that this was a passion project for the whole crew in the best of ways. The performances overall are great, Dave Franco as Greg was just as good, but what took me by surprise was the supporting cast.
The supporting cast was amazing, Seth Rogen, Paul Scheer, and Josh Hutcherson being my favorites. There wasn’t a moment when they were on-screen where I wasn’t giggling or full out laughing. They, along with Dave Franco, portray so brilliantly what any human being would’ve thought if they were on set while the filming of ‘The Room’. A thought I had in mind before going into ‘The Disaster Artist’ was that the film was going to be a bashing fest of ‘The Room’, and I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t the case, instead opting for a very inspirational route that works in such a stellar way.
When people see ‘The Room’, they would think of Tommy Wiseau being a horrible writer/director, and not the process behind it all. What ‘The Disaster Artist’ does so well is show the human side of Tommy and how it all went down. This was a man that gave it all to try and become a Hollywood star, and you couldn’t help but be sad for bashing his end product while seeing him sad during the premiere. It’s this humanity in the film that makes it so great, along with the comedy of course, and I can’t give James Franco enough credit for how his performance showed that.
The only minor gripe I have with the film comes with the first act, as the lead up to when the actual film starts filming is a little slow. This is REALLY minor since it’s still very funny and entertaining, but it was the only part I would deem worthy when talking about flaws.
‘The Disaster Artist’ is an amazing film that inspires one to go out and accomplish whatever dream they have set. Franco’s performance as Wiseau brings such humanity to the character that you can’t help but look to Wiseau as a figure of inspiration, something I had never thought about. That, along with some great comedy, amazing cast/performances, and just a heartfelt and inspirational outlook make this film one of the best of the year. (ALSO, STAY AFTER THE CREDITS) –Kenneth Colon
‘The Disaster Artist’ is now playing in theaters.
With ‘The Disaster Artist,’ James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece ‘The Room’ (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), ‘The Disaster Artist’ is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing