Overhyped movies don’t often live up to expectations. The Disaster Artist did.
When the trailer for The Disaster Artist was released months ago, I couldn’t contain my excitement. One of Hollywood’s greatest mysteries, how and why The Room was made, would finally be revealed.
The Disaster Artist offers a peek into the friendship between the bizarre Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero (aka Mark, and author of the memoir from which the movie was adapted) and keeps the mystery intact. But while it leaves many questions unanswered, it does something surprising: inspiring the urge to create.
James Franco played Wiseau perfectly, from his absurd “New Orleans” accent to his cryptic laugh. The movie leaves us without any knowledge of where Wiseau is from or how he made his money, but Franco gives the audience a terrific window into the writer/director/actor/probably alien’s personality.
The Disaster Artist is Franco’s show, but every part was well cast. Dave Franco’s Sestero was a perfect mixture of devoted friend and confused young actor. Ari Graynor amazed as Lisa, Josh Hutcherson was identical to Denny and Seth Rogen basically played himself (the role he’s best in). Nathan Fielder appeared in just three scenes and brought the house down in each one.
We’ve had months to fawn over The Disaster Artist’s hilarious premise and star-studded cast. Honestly, I would’ve been fine with an average movie that just told us more about Wiseau than we already knew (which was nothing). Instead, Franco & co. surpassed all expectations by making a movie that can be genuinely called “feel good” without any cliche attached.
You admire Wiseau’s free will and passion. You feel Sestero’s struggle to maintain their friendship and start his career. You empathize with the embarrassment and utter confusion of every person associated with the movie.
And somehow you walk out wanting to create something, even if it winds up being as horrible as The Room. Tommy Wiseau’s greatest contribution to the world is sticking to his vision and making something entirely unique to him. The Disaster Artist is an ideal tribute to that creative courage and whatever planet it originated on.