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.
Audience Reviews for The Disaster Artist
Surprisingly funny. Franco did a wonderful job honoring the source material. I still cannot believe this was a real movie made by a real person.
The Disaster Artist, brought to you by Harry Osborne himself (James Franco) is a true story about a man's vision built on the foundation of a friendship between two people who have the same desire: to be famous. Greg Sestero (played by James' brother Dave) meets Tommy Wiseau (played by James) in an acting class. From his age, to the source of his bottomless bank account, to his origins, he actively takes effort to keep his past in shadow. Tommy is a genuine enigma who desperately wants to be loved by someone. The two befriend one another and set out to make a movie of their own; this is an actual movie called The Room, and it is commonly referred to as "the best worst movie ever made". It's difficult to explain The Room in words; it's an experience you have to see to believe. While it would surely be an enjoyable experience to see The Disaster Artist without a sense of familiarity with The Room, seeing it would significantly benefit viewers in appreciating Franco's vision. Since The Room's release in 2003, it has garnered something of a cult following. 15 years later, it's selling out in theaters all over the world. James Franco has adapted the book (written by Sestero) which details everything leading up to The Room's production: focusing mainly on the relationship between Wiseau and Sestero. Knowing that James Franco directed and starred in a movie about the making of a movie, of which it's director also starred in, is mind-blowing... but he pulled it off while managing to capture Wiseau and Sestero's chemistry and the essence of the desire to break into the Hollywood scene. Each scene is handled conscientiously, providing a plethora of laughs while also balancing the darker aspects of the story. There are, however, integral parts of the book that were left out of the film. While Greg aspired to have Tommy's unabashed fearlessness, he was also petrified by Tommy's behavior. For example, in the book he explains how Tommy recorded all of their phone conversations without his consent. With that being said, it's understandable that incorporating each individual part of their relationship into the movie is impossible in a 100-minute timeframe. In fact, The Disaster Artist could have benefitted from a longer running time: but Franco still does an outstanding job with the pacing and his accurate impression of Tommy. This is arguably Franco's finest achievement yet, and like the film's subject, demonstrates true artistry.
Featuring excellent work from both Franco brothers, The Disaster Artist is a funny and strangely heart-warming film about the difficulties of Hollywood and the love of the craft.
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