“The Disaster Artist” Review

22 November, 2017

Director: James Franco
Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Director of Photography: Brandon Trost
Cast: 
James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen

Synopsis: Shining a spotlight on the bizarre personality behind the worst movie ever made, “The Disaster Artist” tells the peculiar story of filmmaker Tommy Wiseau whose critically scorned movie “The Room” became an infamous cult classic.

The Disaster Artist Review:

A comedy of reference nestled deeply in the heart of an eccentric character study, “The Disaster Artist” sees another intimate passion project from A-list-actor-behind-the-camera James Franco whose adoration for enigmatic filmmaker Tommy Wiseau comes to life with unwavering affection towards its mocked hero. Strange yet endearing and enthusiastic while aware of its limitations, the film couldn’t be more accurate in its underpinning of the insanity behind unadulterated ambition, becoming as iconic as “The Room” with scenes wholly committed to pointing viewers towards the original.

Made to be watched in a theatre full of spoon-hurling Wiseau fanatics, “The Disaster Artist” embraces the cult mindset, appealing to an unorthodox fan-base with the kind of atypical humour that paracinematic obsessives fall instantly in love with. Unafraid to mimic the inflections, manner, and nonchalance of Wiseau himself, Franco exudes the same level of affection and eagerness as screenwriting duo Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, putting more time, effort, and energy into his role than required while ironically filling the position of both actor and director in a film about a man who wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his own movie.


Featuring the year’s fakest beard (arguably the biggest punchline in a comedic adaptation of a tale of viscid ambition), “The Disaster Artist” lives and breathes the art of tacky cinema, canoodling with the good, the bad, and the ugly with its take on unstoppable dreams and an unlimited bank balance. Inspiring in unexpected ways, the movie assesses the craftsmanship behind a bad film sequence, helping audiences to understand the appeal of a unique kind of entertainment hailed by an artist who fails to see the error of his ways. While many will still be baffled once the credits roll, “The Disaster Artist” knows how to please the right people, which is all one could ever truly hope for when acknowledging the events behind an already polarising disasterpiece.

 

   

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