So, the big movie on everyone’s mind right now is The Disaster Artist.
Well, maybe not, but it’s definitely worth talking about.
The Disaster Artist is based on Greg Sestero’s book of the same name and gives us a glimpse inside the making of one the most talked about cult films of all time. At the center of all this is the writer and director of The Room, Tommy Wiseau. James Franco’s performance as Wiseau is phenomenal. Not only did Franco nail his voice, but his persona as well. There were times where I couldn’t even tell that it was Franco under the sunglasses and I really hope he gets an Oscar nomination. Dave Franco co-stars as Greg Sestero, and shines in the most dramatic role I have seen him in. Greg trusts Tommy at first but eventually struggles with their relationship. Many times, I cringed at the sacrifices Greg made for Tommy. There are moments in the film where I can really relate with Greg. It’s hard when you’re young and trying to get involved in the entertainment industry. If someone claims to believe in you and wants to help your career, you’re likely to make irrational sacrifices. It was in those moments that I saw my younger self. The movie also makes you feel sorry for Wiseau, who is struggling to make it as an actor. When the story gets to the actual making of The Room, we’re treated to many familiar faces. Seth Rogen, Nathan Fielder, and Zac Efron all appear. Seth Rogen stands out as Sandy and exemplifies how frustrating it must have been to deal with Wiseau on set. It was clearly a difficult production, but in the end, The Room generates sold out screenings all over the U.S. and has been referenced in endless media. The Disaster Artist proves even further that The Room is a cult phenomenon that isn’t going away anytime soon.
The Disaster Artist is currently playing in theaters everywhere.