The Disaster Artist (2017)
Critic Consensus: Oh, hai Mark. The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy.
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Funny -- sometimes brutally -- and surprisingly touching, it works whether you've seen the source material or not, though there are plentiful shout-outs to die-hard fans.
Wiseau also makes a pretty good avatar for Franco himself: a mercurial, relentless performer whose ambition encompasses a thrilling willingness to crash and burn. And it's that identification that makes the comedy work here: Franco kids because he loves.
"The Disaster Artist" is a sweet, emotionally engaging tribute to friendship, the movies and the importance of dreams.
Franco delivers a comedy that's delightfully offbeat. It probably helps if you've actually seen "The Room," but you can safely spare yourself that experience.
[James] Franco has not just made a really sharp, funny movie about movie making. He's also made a layered and intimate portrait of a friendship with his own brother, Dave Franco.
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James Franco embodies Tommy Wiseau with an incredible, shocking resemblance (even when he laughs), creating an excellent dramatic comedy that is not only hilarious as it explores the character's idiosyncrasies but is also surprisingly touching in the way it makes us feel for him.
Certainly a train wreck waiting to happen, a movie about what may be one of the leading contenders for worst movies ever made, avoids the crash and actually highlights, among other things, the validity of dreams, friendship and, of all things, Hollywood itself. That two brothers play the leads throws brotherhood into the mix. I have to admit that I had no aspirations for this work but was pleasantly surprised.
I'll preface this review by saying I think you need to have seen and been familiar with The Room in order to appreciate this film. Otherwise, it comes off as a strange story and an overly eccentric performance by Franco, rather than an accurate portrayal of story and character. You won't die laughing or be emotionally moved to tears, but it's a well-balanced film that gets an extra bump for doing justice as an homage to a hilariously awful cult classic.
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