“You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” – The Disaster Artist Review

Better late than never… I guess.

It’s been a crazy couple of months / year and seeing as my last post was almost 10 months ago, I feel like picking this back up again.

I’ve finally watched The Disaster Artist, (since it has now been released on Netflix) but I should preface this by saying, I did watch the movie The Room first. However; I was introduced to it by some of our friends who showed us the riffed version from RiffTrax just over a year ago and watching it with the Rifftrax guys just tearing it apart, made me love it even more!

Do you need to see The Room, before watching this? Probably not, but would it be more enjoyable if you do? I think so.

To be honest, I was unaware of how much, um… influence (?) The Room actually has in this specific grouping of “bad” films with really big cult followings. So once I heard James Franco was creating a movie, based on a book, about the making of – the worst film ever made, you better believe I was intrigued!

It’s obvious that the idea of making a film based on one of the worst movies EVER, is a bit gutsy and downright strange – but The Disaster Artist actually succeeds at telling a story and tugs at your emotions.

The plot:

The film starts off with Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) meeting Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) for the first time in an acting class. The two quickly become friends and bond over their love of movies and share a dream of making it big in Hollywood as famous actors. After many failed auditions and rejection, Tommy makes it his mission to create a movie for him and Greg to both star in and so, “The Room” was written / made.

The rest of the movie shows what it was like behind the scenes, from getting the filming equipment, to Casting the movie, even to employing all of the crew. To say that Tommy Wiseau was good boss, actor or filmmaker would be a lie. The film depicts not so good working conditions, and even uncomfortable filming of scenes. But this movie seriously makes you think about Tommy “the person” a bit more than Tommy “the character”. He wasn’t getting any roles and people were treating him like a joke, so he took matters into his own hands. I mean, the dude’s got balls, that’s for sure.

Throughout the film, you get a glimpse into the real world relationships and challenges into making The Room, and a bit more insight on just how expensive it was to finance.

Apparently, Wiseau spent $6 million of his own money to get The Room made, and not a single person knows where the money is from.

The Takeaway

I think what makes people so interested in The Room to begin with is the fact that Tommy Wiseau is a mystery. No one know’s his true age, where he’s actually from, (he says New Orleans, but no one believes him) or how/where he got $6 million from to fund his movie.

There’s one scene where Seth Rogan’s character goes to deposit his paycheque and is convinced it will bounce immediately, when the banker tells him he was good to go and that the account is like a “bottomless pit”, Rogan’s face of utter shock/disbelief/confusion  is basically what we all looked like when we heard how much of his own money Tommy has used on the project.

Being a mystery, and totally confident about a truly horrible film is what makes Wiseau and The Room so appealing; and James Franco successfully embodied both the persona of Wiseau as an actor, and the atmosphere of what I can only imagine was a weird set to be on.

The end credit portion of the film also shows each of the recreated scenes on a side-by-side comparison with the original scenes, and they did a great job at the recreations.

This is an enjoyable film with a bunch of laughs and great acting, and would recommend this to anyone who is a movie buff.


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