The Disaster Artist – Review
“I did not hit her! I did not! Oh, hi Mark!”, the bizarrely hilarious masterpiece by James Franco to hit Reel Cinemas on January 4th
A movie that ludicrously questions and explores the ideals of Hollywood, The Disaster Artist is a movie based on a movie with gags and gaffes that ultimately leads to a mirage of friendship & passion and moments of pathos.
Based on the worst movie of all times and now a cult classic ‘The Room’, written, directed, produced and acted by Tommy Wiseau, The Room is so awful that it gradually got its own life. In a more masochistic interpretation, it can be defined as it was so bad that it eventually became enjoyable. With terrible dialogue, car-crash emoting, heavy editing and persistently ridiculous sets, The Room is a soapy drama about a rich guy – Johnny, played by Wiseau – whose life is ruined by his cheating wife, Lisa.
Keeping the same tone, The Disaster Artist, directed and acted by James Franco, is a dramatic/comic account of how Wiseau (played by James Franco) and his best friend, struggling actor Greg Sestero (played by Dave Franco), came to make one of the most notoriously bad, absurdly indulging films of our times.
James Franco, as a director explores the soft-core melodrama of The Room and turns it into a source of hilarity often entrenched with a sense of isolation and eccentricity. James brilliantly shows to the world the stifling truth of how the Hollywood works and how struggling artists dream of becoming big. Laden with the comedic cum peculiar presence of the auteur Tommy Wiseau, the protagonist, however, is Greg Sestero (played by James’s brother Dave Franco), who brings some sense with his mellow and empathic character, as a close friend and aegis to the infamous actor/ director.
On the acting front, The Disaster Artist is what we may call James Franco’s performance’s epitome. His immaculate timing, his bliss, his strange accent and his effortless portrayal of Tommy Wiseau’s eccentricities as he dives into the flagrant vanity of his character, is surely up for the race to the best actor’s academy award. The disaster Artist also stars Seth Rogen as the assistant director and Ari Graynor as the film’s leading lady.
On the philosophical front, the movie does leave a lot of unanswered questions. Do we as audience attain the pleasure of someone’s failure or ineptness or even lack of talent? The movie also opens up another aspect of our time, the loneliness and the human desire to befriend and be understood. It also links us with the idea of eccentric normalcy.
Overall the movie has a certain feel-good comedic vibe. There’s something incredibly endearing about Greg and Tommy, two naïve dreamers who, almost in spite of themselves, create a unique work of art that made it a cult classic.
The film will hit cinemas on January 4th, 2018 at the Dubai’s finest Reel Cinemas across UAE.