I was strangely against The Room at first. There were so many over the top 5 star reviews saying how it was awful but brilliant and for whatever reason I decided I didn’t need to waste my time on it. I was wrong!
I finally saw The Room earlier this year when the first posters for The Disaster Artist started to drop and I went through so many emotions. First it was awful. I couldn’t believe how bad it was and I was even considering just giving up at about the 20 minute mark but then something happened. I started to laugh! Actual, physical laughter! What then proceeded to happen was my interest in these characters and what was going on with them grew exponentially to the point whereby I was actually, genuinely enjoying the experience. By the time the credits rolled I was sure I had just had one of the most unintentionally hilarious film experiences of my life.
Now we have The Disaster Artist.
James Franco’s adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s weird and wonderful film debut is absolutely hilarious! It entirely recaptures what made The Room so funny but it is entirely intentional this time and it works!
Franco’s central performance is unbelievable! Anybody doubting his abilities as an actor can eat their words now as he entirely transforms himself into Wiseau right before our eyes. His looks, his mannerisms, his accent, his laugh, everything! It would be amazing to see him get a best actor nod at the Oscars as it really is up there with the best of them!
Dave Franco was a bit less impressive in my eyes. He’s definitely the lesser Franco in general and here he plays pretty much the same character he has always played only this time with funnier fake facial hair. He works well as a bland blank canvass for James to throw paint all over though.
The rest of the supporting actors are all an absolute blast! The list goes on and on but to name but a few we have Seth Rogen, Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, Alison Brie, Megan Mullaly, Hannibal Buress, Zac Efron, as well as many pretty genius cameos from the likes of Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffiths, Bryan Cranston, Judd Apatow and flipping J.J. Abrams!!
Long story short, this film is one of those lightning in a bottle movies. It is quite unlike anything else you’ll see this year, it knows exactly what it is, it knows its audience and it is smart enough to tread the lines of all sorts of genres whilst essentially becoming its very own thing! We all know that Jame Franco makes about 10 films a year and most of them end up in the trash however once in a while the guy really hits his stride and this is, without question, his greatest film to date! I loved it!
The Disaster Artist will be with you from 1st December.
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