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Posted on 4/22/10 09:59 PM
This is possibly one of the movies I most enjoy watching.
It's the wonderful vision of writer, director, producer and star Tommy Wiseau. I'm sure he had a hand in editing, dubbing, sound editing and mixing, set design, costume design, casting, cinematography, etc. and it's all mind blowing.
It's plot is simple enough: Johnny, a successful but conspired against banker, is going to marry his future-wife Lisa, but she inexplicably falls in love with Johnny's best friend, Mark. Mark doesn't want to get involved, but can't resist the lure of such a vixen that he betrays Johnny. This all comes to a head at Johnny's birthday party where the secret of Mark and Lisa's love is revealed in a twist that keeps the viewer enthralled.
It's simply mind blowing.
Where to begin? The plot. Simple enough, right? Yes, maybe for a 22 minute long episode of a sitcom, but not a 99 minute film, yet Wiseau somehow pulls it off. The acting? A marvel. The best cameo is the one who plays Chris-R, the drug dealer, but he just repeated the same line over and over again in a 20 second span. Greg Sestero plays Mark to a T. He's a dimwit who doesn't really know what he wants but gets it anyway. He loves his friend Johnny more than anything, and would never want to betray him and get involved with his future-wife, but the lure of Lisa (played by the sensational Juliette Danielle) is too much for him. Denny (Phillip Haldiman) seems to be either retarded or has smoked so much crack (which is possible because bought or sold drugs, it's never made clear which) that he has lost all major brain functions, yet you feel for him. Luckily Johnny has been like a father to him. Lisa's mother, played by the sassy yet lovable Carolyn Minnott, tells Lisa to enter a loveless marriage in exchange for the financial security. After all, the computer business is "too competitive" according to Lisa. I'll skip the other actors, the ones who play Michelle, Mike, Peter and Steven because their performances are largely unforgettable and need no further analysis.
This brings us to the star of the whole shabang: Tommy Wiseau. This titan of the screen has come from unknown origins, but we all know where he is going - into our hearts. He tantalizes us with his versatility, wit, love, compassion, tenderness, affability, and raw passion and vulnerability. He captures many moods and feelings that most of us wouldn't dream of actors even attempting. Wiseau has a way of saying and doing things on screen that leave the viewer in awe. The only way to truly appreciate this tour de force is to watch The Room many many times.
The dubbing, at first, may throw some people off. But it's actually quite clever use of modern technology by Wiseau. Instead of coming from the character Johnny, it seems like it's coming from nowhere, yet everywhere, instilling in the viewer that they themselves are saying it, therefore they are Johnny. They feel his pain, his love, his everything.
The editing is quickly paced, with very few errors. It keeps the film interesting and adds a bit of spice where films in this genre usually lag.
The cinematography leaves one stunned. It paints a beautiful picture of Johnny's hometown San Francisco, while matching the mood of the film. The scene in "the room" are particularly wonderful, making the space seem so cluttered and confusing, like Johnny's life slowly but steadily becomes throughout the film.
The dialogue, at times, is a bit much, but it's easy enough to follow along if your bring you thinking caps. The word play Wiseau chooses so carefully tickles the funniest of funny bones, and also plays your heart strings better than Alexander Kerr.
There is more to talk about this film, but you'll have to check it out for yourself. By the end of it, you'll be repeating Johnny's famous mantra "lets go home!"