This is a guilty pleasure movie I like rewatching on cable. I don’t think I have seen anything I like with James Franco in it except The Disaster Artist. But hats off to him here for his courage in portraying Tommy Wiseau. He does an outstanding job making your skin crawl, which is the point of it, but the film is accurate and extremely amusing to watch. The film chronicles an unlikely friendship which results in the production of Wiseau’s 2003 film The Room, widely considered one of the worst films ever made.
I found the friendship between Wiseau and Sestero in the movie captivating since they saw something in the other which could draw them away from their meagre existences. In some parts you wonder if Wiseau is physically attracted to Sestero, since he shines with wonder and good looks which Wiseau craves. The bombshell is Sestero is James Franco’s actual brother Dave Franco which might explain their immediate chemistry or bromance as it were.
The Disaster Artist holds an approval rating of 91% based on 350 professional reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. Similar to the reception of the original film – The Room which is parodied here, this film was unlikely to get a widely positive welcome from the public, (since worldwide it grossed just $29.8 million) but critically it has been praised.
The Room is such a terrible film that it’s become a bit of a cult hit and theatres have shown it on and off for years. ‘The Disaster Artist’ has garnered comparisons with Tim Burton’s ‘Ed Wood‘. Not surprisingly, both detailing of incompetent directors making infamously terrible films with big dreams and with their hearts in the right place. One would think that this film would poke fun and trash at the incredulous protagonists, but actually they’re treated in a respectful and candid fashion handled with warmth and sincerity and was truly heartfelt to watch.