It does often feel like a Franco passion project with the audience left outside of the fun and excitement
For a long time, The Room has been regarded as one of the worst films ever made, and for some, it is the worst. Tommy Wiseau’s classic is seen as confusing, needlessly complicated and contains some of the most atrocious acting ever recorded. Yet the appeal and draw to the film is stronger than it has ever been.
To pair with this, James and his brother Dave Franco have created The Disaster Artist, a tell-all look at the backstage happenings of The Room, and how the film came to be in its bizarre state.
Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is an out of work young actor, desperate to gain more confidence when performing. He looks to maverick Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) from his acting class for help. Together, they move to LA to increase their chances of a major casting, but when barren months go by, the pair decide the best way to land a major role, is to make a film themselves.
The Disaster Artist does well do showcase how weird and spontaneous the creation of The Room was. There is no knowing how Tommy Wiseau’s mind actually works, but the film does a great job of opening that mind up a little. However, the criticism comes with the film seeming slightly shallow. It often lacks substance, attempting to make up for this with characterisation, especially from James Franco.
Franco is brilliant as Wiseau absolutely capturing his strange essence within every scene, yet this isn’t really enough to make the film feel worthwhile. For what it tries to do would easily have suited a documentary feature far better. There isn’t enough information being passed out to make the film interesting. Instead, it does often feel like a Franco passion project with the audience left outside of the fun and excitement.
It is a strong film with strong performances, but it comes across in the wrong manner, and that is hugely detrimental to the film’s quality. The Disaster Artist does exactly what it says in its blurb, just with less information and more shots of James Franco pulling strained faces.