“The Disaster Artist” documents the friendship of Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau and the creation of their movie, “The Room,” one of the best-worst movies of all time. Based on the actual book written by Sestero, “The Disaster Artist” brings feelings of nostalgia, friendship and betrayal to the audience.
“The Room,” produced in 2003, was so awful that viewers loved it, deeming it a cult-classic. The real Tommy Wiseau directed and starred in the film, which includes random dialogue and twists, as well as robot-like acting.
James Franco not only portrays the eccentric Wiseau but also directs the film, making the almost fiction-like plot more realistic. Franco brings a lot of humanity and emotion to the non-human behavior and speech of Wiseau. The audience sees the story unfold from the perspective of Sestero (Dave Franco), who befriends Wiseau and attempts to achieve his dream of stardom.
The film was incredibly funny, and the minor characters played by Seth Rogen, Paul Scheer and others, humorously play off of Wiseau and Sestero. During the few scenes where I wasn’t gasping for air from laughing, the film was able to create sentimental, inspirational moments in Wiseau and Sestero’s relationship.
As a devoted “The Room” fan, dressing up as Wiseau to the premiere was a no-brainer for me. While I was expecting many references to classic lines from the original film such as “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa,” I had hoped it would not just be a rehash of beloved material. Thankfully, the movie finds the perfect middle ground of evoking feelings of nostalgia, but still manages to produce a fresh, heartwarming tale of friendship and following your dreams.