The Disaster Artist - This Movie Rocks In The Most Beautifully Unexpected Ways
Dir: James Franco
Starring James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcheson, Zac Efron, Judd Apatow, Jacki Weaver, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffiths, JJ Abrams, Bryan Cranston, Everyone James Franco Ever Met
Is The Disaster Artist James Franco’s masterpiece? Actually, it may well be. His performance certainly is, easily the best thing the extremely prolific man has ever delivered on screen, from both sides of the camera.
Franco’s film is the tale of Tommy Wiseau’s film, The Room, an absolute disaster of a flick that somehow went on to out-Ed Wood Ed Wood’s oeuvre and become the biggest midnight movie of the last twenty years for the “so bad it’s good” aficionados. Franco both plays Wiseau – he of the uncertain age and the unknown Eastern European accent that he claimed was native to New Orleans – and channels the man by directing his magnum opus as well (not a first for the generally hyperactive Franco.) His movie also documents the friendship between Wiseau and his best (possibly only) friend Greg Sestero (sweetly played by Franco’s brother Dave) as Wiseau, who along with the hidden age and the curious accent, seems possessed of a bottomless pit of finances. When Hollywood proves unkind to the James Dean loving auteur and his young muse, Wiseau decides to write and direct his own movie. The result is, well, you probably know – this film has the word “disaster” in the title.
But out of that abject failure, Franco grasps a good deal more than victory. He delivers a film that is both laugh out loud funny, and also full of genuine heart, even respect for its central subject. And in doing so he delivers a central performance that is utterly brilliant – full of broad caricature and subtle nuance, and, more than anything, awash in vulnerability. He finds the lost dreamer within the image of Wiseau. In Franco’s hands the man becomes a fully rounded human being and one whose story will unexpectedly have you in tears by the end. (The Room itself has often had people in tears by the end, but for completely different reasons.)
The Disaster Artist takes failure to a new level of success. It is warm, witty, winning and more. It holds a mirror up to the worst of Hollywood and finds something worth celebrating within. And in giving us his Wiseau, Franco has delivered not only one of the very best performances of the year, but the finest of his career.
Go. See it. Love it. But if it inspires you to want to go and check out The Room afterwards – DON’T!!
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