Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
What’s it about?
The Disaster Artist is the film adaptation of a book by the same name about the making of The Room, popularly regarded as the worst film ever made. Directed by James Franco, the film starrs himself and his brother Dave Franco in the lead roles.
The film follows the lives of two friends, Tommy and Greg, as they decide to make their own movie when they are rejected by Hollywood. All the behind the scenes drama and the obstacles they face while making their passion project, makes up for the rest of the film.
The film does a great job in bringing to life the passion that the lead characters felt when they decided to make their own film. It is also successful as a character study about people who go to Hollywood with their hearts filled with hope of making it big some day, even though they may be lacking in talent. The harsh realities of the trade like the constant rejection that struggling actors face is shown well throughout the film. The film has a feel-good factor to it and leaves the viewer with a smile on his/her face in the end. And finally, it also attempts to demystify the enigma of Tommy Wiseau, and even manages to succeeds a little!
The first fifteen minutes is the weakest part of the film as it takes some time to get used to the tone of the film and the various antics of its lead characters. But it picks up from there on and only gets better. Another minor thing that bothered me is that the makers kind of gloss over the ridicule that the film received by giving a motivational spin to the rejection faced by the lead characters. Also, the trailers lead you to believe that it is a spoof-comedy, which it is not. It is more of a drama with some effective and hilarious recreation of real life events. So people expecting to see a comedy will be disappointed, as the film gets quite intense in some parts.
James Franco as Tommy Wiseau is probably his best performance till date. Resisting the urge to go over the top, Franco gives a grounded and realistic portrayal of man who is as eccentric as he is mysterious. He also manages to get the body language and accent just right. Dave Franco as Greg shows great range as an actor and does a tremendous job. Rest of the cast does not have much to do as this is mainly Tommy and Greg’s story, but are good in their respective roles. Also, watch out for a lot of cameos from many of Franco’s celebrity friends.
An ode to all the artists who pursue their Hollywood dream despite the rejection, this film is a must watch for lovers of cinema!