‘The Disaster Artist’ Movie Review- Watched on Amazon Prime Video

The Room, directed by Tommy Wiseau, is widely considered to be one of the most iconic cult classic films of all time. It has been deemed one of the best worst movies. And although I have not seen The Room, because I do not want to endure watching such an awful film, I did watch The Disaster Artist, which tells the story of how Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero met, and how The Room came to be. The film stars the Franco brothers, James and Dave, as the lead roles. James Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, while Dave Franco plays Greg Sestero. James Franco also directed the film. The film stars many other well known actors in smaller roles such as, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Josh Hutcherson. The film also performed well at the box office, grossing about $21 million domestically, with a budget of approximately $10 million. The movie was also nominated for an Oscar, as well two Golden Globes, and it did ultimately win the Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a motion picture- musical/comedy. This award obviously went to James Franco for his spot on portrayal of Wiseau.

So, this film tells the story of what happened before, during, and after the making of The Room. The movie begins with Greg and Tommy taking an acting class in San Francisco. After class they begin to talk with each other and agree to work on a scene together. After spending some time with one another, they come up with an idea move to Los Angeles together to pursue their life long goals of having acting careers. Tommy already owns an apartment in Los Angeles, so they pack their things and move there right away. After struggling to find roles in films or TV, Tommy and Greg come up with a brilliant idea. They decide that they are going to make their own film, and that it is going to be called The Room.

Let me start this paragraph by saying that James Franco most definitely deserved the award for his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau, because you can hardly tell the two of them apart once you have watched this film. Franco looks and sounds exactly like him in this film, and it is one of the of most accurate portrayals I have ever seen in a biography. Dave Franco also does a spectacular job at portraying Greg Sestero. Although Dave may not physically resemble Greg as much as James resembled Tommy, he plays the role very well. The smaller roles play a big part in this film as well. Seth Rogen is very funny as one of the films producers, and Zac Efron, even though he is only in the film for a couple of minutes, is also quite amusing. Alison Brie plays Greg’s girlfriend, Amber, and she does a great job playing her role as well. Josh Hutcherson’s character is the only character in the film that I found to be a bit annoying, and I maybe would’ve liked to see someone else in the role, but it didn’t take away from the film too much because he’s only in a couple of scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed the movies soundtrack because it had a lot of good songs from the 80’s and 90’s in it, and it really added to overall enjoyability of the movie. Overall, this film does a great job capturing the insanity, craziness, and silly things that happened behind the scenes during the making of The Room.

I must say that James Franco did an amazing job at both starring and directing this film. It is probably one of the best biographies that I have seen in awhile, and was most definitely worth a watch. The casting choices for this movie were practically perfect, and it was so enjoyable getting to watch great actors act poorly. It is really hard to say anything bad about this film, and while it isn’t flawless, the minor flaws don’t take too much away from the quality and enjoyability of the film. And, because of that, I definitely recommend that you should watch this movie if you get the chance.

Rating: 8.25/10

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‘Baywatch’ Movie Review- Watched on Amazon Prime Video

As many people know, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is considered to be a megastar when it comes to box office results. It normally doesn’t matter if the film is good or not, people will normally flock to the theater if they know Johnson is in the film. Unfortunately, Baywatch is an exception to that trend, as the film was unable to turn a profit at the domestic box office. Other than Johnson playing the lead role of Mitch Buchannon, the film also stars Zac Efron as Matt Brody, and Alexandra Daddario as Summer Quill, with Priyanka Chopra playing the villainous Victoria Leeds. Director Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses) does a good job at making the already likable cast look good together on screen, but sadly, that’s just about the only good thing that comes out of the film.

The film has a relatively simple plot, the film begins with the Baywatch lifeguard team holding tryouts to determine who the new lifeguards will be on the squad. Efron and Daddario’s characters try out for and make the team, as well as Jon Bass’s character, Ronnie. After having made the team, the characters learn the basics of being a lifeguard, as well as the lifestyles that come with being a part of the Baywatch family. The team does a few tasks such as saving some girls from a boat that has caught fire, as well as a family that fell off of the edge of a pier. While all of this is going on, Priyanka’s character, Victoria, is killing people who have become a nuisance to her, as well as smuggling drugs in to the bay area through her recently purchased properties. Together, the Baywatch team choose to take on Victoria Leeds and put a stop to her drug smuggling business.

Like I said earlier in the review, the entire cast is very likable. They are all very charming, and they play their roles well enough. Unfortunately, the lines they are given are so cheesy and really ruin the film at times. The attempts at humor almost never work, and the only time I can remember laughing is when Johnson gives Efron the nickname of High School Musical, essentially taking a shot at his masculinity, especially since Efron had previously starred in that film franchise when he was younger. This was rather funny, but almost all other attempts at humor fell flat. The film doesn’t really have a score, and just kind of throws in random songs that don’t always coincide with what is going on in the movie. And I must say, for a film that had a budget of nearly $70 million, the CGI is pretty terrible. Any fast paced scene that had fire, explosions, or driving all looked so noticeably fake, and it makes me wonder just where all of that money went. Another annoying thing that happens in the film is the over sexualization of just about everything. The silly sexual gags work the first few times, but when the film resorts to making them over and over, it begins to get stale. The only other good thing that comes out of the film is Priyanka Chopra playing the villain. She is a perfect actress to play a villain, and she plays her role very well throughout the entire film.

Overall, this film was a completely unnecessary remake/sequel to the classic Baywatch TV show. It isn’t enjoyable, it isn’t funny, and nothing new or groundbreaking is done with this movie. It is just a typical crappy summer blockbuster that ultimately bombed at the box office. This is probably one of Efron and Johnson’s worst films, and I hope they have learned from this, and never agree to make a film as dumb as this again. I personally cannot recommend this film for the average movie goer, and would say that you should really only watch this if you are a big fan of Zac Efron and/or Dwayne Johnson, or if you have nothing better to watch.

Rating: 4/10

‘Adrift’ Movie Review

The beginning of Adrift throws its audience right in to the middle of things, with Tami (Shailene Woodley) waking up with a bloody and bruised body in a boat that is practically destroyed and is quickly filling up with water. Tami and her boyfriend, Richard (Sam Claflin) had inadvertently sailed into one of the most devastating hurricanes recorded in history. Tami goes above deck to find that Richard is no longer on the boat, and she has to repair the boat in whatever way she can and try to find Richard. She does manage to fix one of the boats sails enough so that she is able to the get the boat moving in the direction that she wants it to go, and Tami does eventually find Richard clinging on to a raft that fell off of the boat during the storm. An interesting thing that this film does is that it cuts back and forth from present to past, taking the audience back to when Richard and Tami met in Tahiti several month prior to the storm. The chronological beginning of the film is when Tami arrives in Tahiti to get a job, surf, and basically live a carefree life. While Tami is at work, Richard pulls his ship in to the docks, and the two have a brief exchange. They later see one another again and immediately have a lot of chemistry. Over the coming months, the two develop a very strong romantic bond with each other, and they eventually agree to sail someone else’s ship to San Diego for a big payday. Little did they know that would be the voyage that changes both of their lives forever.

The cutting back and forth from past to present works very well, and was done perfectly, resulting in the film having a very nice flow to it as well as a lot of emotion, both happy and sad. Both roles, played respectively by Claflin and Woodley are very well acted, with Woodley having a lot more screen time than Claflin, which is somewhat refreshing to see in a film. despite not having much to look at in the middle of the ocean, the cinematography is phenomenal, doing a great job at making the ocean seem like a never ending danger, but also a never ending beauty. The music in the movie really adds to the emotion, but there isn’t really anything in the films score or soundtrack that will a lasting impact on any particular viewer.

All in all, from beginning to end, nothing really unique or game changing is done with this film, but it is a good tearjerker as well as an amazing story of survival. I believe the casting is perfect, because Sam Claflin and Shailene Woodley have so much chemistry in this film, and they are both great young actors. It is without a doubt a film worth seeing with a date, or a couple friends, and just worth seeing in general.

Rating: 7.5/10