The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist

2017.  Directed by James Franco.

By Brian Wallinger

Cult film maker Tommy Wiseau has always been an enigma to the film industry, infamously known for his critical and financially failed film The Room.  Over the years Wiseau has developed a sizable cult following. I admit I have never seen The Room nor do I have a desire to do so, so I approached James Franco's The Disaster Artist without knowing what to expect. 

Franco puts quite an emphasis in his portrayal of Wiseau by showcasing the film's production in such a way that it becomes a surreal oddity and is in fact the perfect example of how difficult the struggle is to "make it" as a film maker.

Dave Franco plays a struggling actor looking to break through into the scene when he meets and befriends Wiseau; a very odd and strange man with a limitless amount of cash and everything in his life is kept secret for some reason.  He is also someone who is very self important and overbearing. After a string of unsuccessful auditions Wiseau creates his screenplay for The Room and Dave Franco plays the lead actor in it. The production becomes a personal hell for all those involved with Wiseau always being late, many various reshoots, and going over budget. Everything is captured in a shot for shot comparison to the actual film and it leads to some very hilarious results.

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James Franco perfectly embodies Wiseau and Dave Franco gives one of the better performances of his career. The in film humor is alive and well though at times it is very dark and hard to follow. The cinematography captures that mockumentary/dark comedy feel perfectly.

The Disaster Artist, ironically is more or a less a film about what not do when trying to make it into the industry and also a perfect film for future film makers to study.  It has solid editing and direction, and it is also well paced. Considering the material, there is a depth to it that is unexpectedly intriguing. The Disaster Artist is a film about movies and ends up becoming a larger than life experience with a positive, although strange resolution.

☆☆☆

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