The Disaster Artist (2017)

“I wish we could just make our own movie. ” – Greg

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A retelling of how two aspiring actors went ahead and made a terrible movie that has since become a cult sensation.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have been avoiding for a while and didn’t really know what to make of it based on word of mouth.

Ive heard some people say it was the best film of the year and others claiming it was the worst.

I think it has more merits than faults but that still doesn’t say that it works the entire time.

Part of the problem is the choice to play it as both a drama and a comedy and switching back and forth too often.

There is some hilarious moments in this film but they are balanced by some extremely stupid and silly ones.

The message of the film is a great one and it’s all about following your dreams no matter who you are and how much you may be in over your head.

It’s a bit hard to believe that this all happened as shown , yet it still comes across as seeming realistic.

The cast is great and brother James and Dave Franco are both great here in the two title roles.

James does a wonderful portrayal of Wiseau and at first it seems like just an annoying character on a comedy sketch show, but the character grows on the viewer and by the end, it seems just normal.

It also makes us question so many things about this fascination, eccentric and silly man yet the fact that he is able to accomplish so much, gives us all hope that we can fulfill our dreams if we exert ourselves.

I really hope that this film leads to more collaborations between the brothers because they work so well together.

The story itself is quite interesting to watch unfold because you really never know where it will end up.

I’ve never seen The Room (2003), and although my interest has been piqued by this film, I’m not really sure if I’m up to the task of watching a movie that based on all that I know, will not be enjoyable.

Bottom Line – Film with a great message about following your dreams. Hard to believe that this is really based on truth, but it seems as if it truly is. Franco and Franco both work really well together and I hope that this leads to future collaborations between the brothers.  James’ portrayal of Wiseau is completely off the wall yet still makes the viewer question so much about who the fascinating and eccentric man is and how was he able to accomplish what he dreamed of doing.  This is far from a perfect film, yet it is quite entertaining watching it all unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James Franco spoke like Tommy Wiseau throughout each day’s filming, and even directed using Wiseau’s distinctive voice and syntax, though Jason Mantzoukas said that Franco did not direct in character and only spoke like Wiseau. Seth Rogen admitted he had a hard time being directed by Franco while being interviewed on The Howard Stern Show. Rogen said during the first two days, he had a hard time containing his laughter as Franco was speaking as Tommy Wiseau with his notable European accent. Franco told Rogen he would get used to it, which he eventually did. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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5 thoughts on “The Disaster Artist (2017)

  1. I thought this movie was great. It makes my Top 10 list for 2017. My only quibble, and a small one, is the casting of Dave Franco. NOT because he isn’t spot on as Greg Sestero – who wrote the book on which the film was based – and was Wiseau’s co-star in “The Room” – but because he and James ARE brothers in real life – they have the same smile, laugh and similar mannerisms – but in Disaster Artist – they were NOT playing brothers – they were 2 completely separate real life people – so the fact that they ARE brothers proved somewhat of a distraction for me. Bit of trivia – the real Tommy Wiseau – when agreeing to let Franco direct the film – insisted that as part of the deal – he would get to play a scene in the movie opposite Franco playing him. Thus – that last scene after the credits. I thought it was a riot.


  2. Nice review, when it comes to comedy for me this is the best of the year, i wasn’t overly distracted with the Franco brother situation, i like how Seth Rogen is happy in a supporting role and not being all seth rogenish.


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  4. Certain people had to be merged with others for this biopic.

    For example, Kyle Vogt (who played Peter) was merged with his replacement Greg Ellery (who played Steven). See, in this film, Kyle was present for the entire production. But according to the book, Kyle had already left due to previous commitments before filming of the birthday party scene, and Ellery had to replace him.


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