As you might recall, one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2018 was to watch more movies, and I jumped right into it by going to see The Disaster Artist last night. I don’t know if I’ll make reviews a common thing on this blog, but I couldn’t not write about this film.
I’ll start this off by saying I’ve never watched The Room in full. I’ve seen snippets here and there, but I’ve never bothered to watch the full film. Yes, I know, I’m sorry. But it was just too difficult. However, I thought I’d be going into The Disaster Artist knowing what to expect, given what I have seen. I was wrong.
Funny, smart and well-produced, The Disaster Artist is definitely one of the better films to be released in 2017. I personally feel it’s both James and Dave Franco’s best performances, as they were able to fully embody Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. I found myself believing that James really was Tommy and I find that hard to do that when watching movies. I got lost in the story of their friendship and the process of making The Room a reality, and surprisingly found myself sympathizing with Tommy at parts. (I know, I was confused by it too.) Don’t get me wrong, I also found myself thinking “What the f**k?” for the majority if it, but I feel that’s a good thing. How often does a film manage to do that while also being good? Not very often.
And I can’t end this without shouting out the cast. Along with James and Dave, I found myself loving what each actor brought to the table. Seth Rogan was hilarious as Sandy, and both Zac Efron and Josh Hutchinson were in roles I didn’t expect them to take on. Megan Mullally’s role as Greg’s mum left me in stitches, and I felt there was no one better to play Amber than Alison Brie. It’s a cast I couldn’t see coming together under any other circumstance, and I think that’s why it worked for me.
Overall, The Disaster Artist is one of the best films I’ve seen in a while, and I can definitely see it being a major Oscar contender this year. However, it did leave me with two questions:
- How the hell was Tommy able to afford making The Room?
- Why, just why?