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.