“I did not hit her, I did naaaaaht…Oh hai, Mark!” is just one of the phrases you’ll be repeating after seeing the hilarious film THE DISASTER ARTIST. This film is freaking hilarious and I was laughing literally the entire time (ask Kimberly Finke). If you’ve seen any of the trailers and are like, “what the fuck is James Franco doing/who is he playing?,” what he did performance wise in this film was masterful. I know a lot of critics have already mentioned this but Tim Burton’s film Ed Wood, is a masterpiece of a film about the making of one of the greatest bad movies ever made. Well, so is The Disaster Artist, that shows the making of a great terrible film called, The Room. If you are having a quadruple feature, and need two more movies to compliment Ed Wood and Plan 9 From Outer Space, definitely add The Room and The Disaster Artist to your mini marathon.
The Disaster Artist if you didn’t know based on the trailers is a true life story of two men’s ambitions to make it in Hollywood. James Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, an aspiring actor and director who never reveals his true origins, how old he is, or where he gets all his wealth from. Tommy meets Greg Sestero, (played by Franco’s brother Dave, also excellent here) another inspiring actor, who become fast friends but whom neither are that talented to make it big when Greg accidentally gives Tommy a “great idea.” They should just make their own movie. So Tommy writes, directs, and finances to shoot “The Room.” And the two begin on an incredible journey that proves that if you really want something that seems impossible, and even if the end product is not want you envisioned, it might not be that impossible to get it, you just got to have an insane and unrealistic amount of enthusiasm.
I should put out a disclaimer that I have not seen The Room. But I now I really really want to. You don’t have to see The Room to get this. It gives you the gist of what it was about and even shows shot by shot comparisons of some of the scenes James Franco (that’s right, he is a director here too) recreated for this movie. And you don’t have to see The Room to laugh, you’ll laugh whether you have or not, but maybe seeing The Room beforehand will get you to appreciate The Disaster Artist just a little bit more. It’s not just about making that terrible movie, it’s about a friendship between two men that stands the test of time and tribulations. And with that, along with the realistic way they re create was it was like making of the movie, the masterful acting from all parties, makes this film I completely recommend seeing as soon as you can.
The only reason that I will still be controversial among some critics and not put this in my Top 15 of this year is because I really wanted more! This movie left me wanting that much more, and I felt that if I got 20 more minutes from this 95 minute run time, I could’ve gotten it, and the film could’ve been a masterpiece. I wanted to see more of the making of the movie and felt like a lot of the book that this film is based on, was left out at the cutting room floor. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I wanted more James Franco. He is incredible in this. He washes any resemblance of the Franco you know and love/hate and completely becomes Tommy Wiseau. I wanted more zaniness and even more ridiculous things that Tommy Wiseau did during the making of this film (and I know there is a lot more, I read up on it before seeing the movie).
I just felt like 95 minutes was too short. The movie has a great pace, and is very quick, but I felt like a movie of this caliber, trying to show not only the making of this film and is considered the cult classic great bad film that it is today and also the friendship between two very different men, it should’ve been longer and more fleshed out. I felt it the entire time during the movie. I was constantly thinking, “this part wasn’t long enough,” “they could’ve done more here,” “why didn’t they explore this,” and at times it was a little distracting how much fast paced it was. The script could’ve used more pages.
But James Franco is a very good director here. Especially considering he gave a fantastic performance out of himself in the process and everyone else involved. He didn’t really show anything that would show he has a unique style visually or structurally, but this film is a perfect launch pad to try and figure that out on his try. Out of any nominations I would support James Franco for best actor and maybe even a best picture nomination. It is a really good film. By the way, Zac Efron and Josh Hutcherson have hilarious camoes in this. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed as hard as I have for Efron.
The thing that I liked most about the film was the hidden message of the story about our dreams in life. These two managed to go out there, with hardly any experience, and make an actual film. Yes, that film might be terrible, and considering the greatest bad movie ever made, but with these two, it proved that bad press is still excellent fucking press. These two are now famous just based off their effort and their one bad film. But is it bad to them anymore? Probably not. They went out there and did it, and the message to everyone else is that you can too. I mean come on, if they make a really good hilarious and sometimes heartfelt Hollywood movie about the making of your terrible film, isn’t that success?