By Tucker Brumley (Guest Editor)
Movies made about the making of another movie, to be honest usually do not excite me. However, the cult following the 2003 hit The Room has garnered over the years intrigued me enough to bite the bullet and go see this film. I went in to this movie not knowing anything about the plot, other than it was a fictional retelling of the making of arguably the world’s worst movie. It brought to life all my fears of acting and the awkwardness of watching bad actors. But mad props to those who can act so well that it is bad, or so bad that it is good…which one is it?
Alex Torres Rating: 9.3/10
Director = James Franco
James Franco = Tommy Wisseau / ‘Johnny’
Dave Franco = Greg Sestero / ‘Mark’
Seth Rogen = Sandy
Ari Graynor = Juliette / ‘Lisa’
The Disaster Artist, as already stated, is a film about the making of another film. It centers on Tommy Wisseau and his odd Friendship with fellow actor Greg Sestero. Both are aspiring actors who are struggling to break through in an elitist industry. So they enough is enough and decide to make their own movie. If they pay for it they can do whatever they want, right? Well when things get going we find that there is a little more to Tommy than meets the eye.
- James Franco
James Franco is on of the most unique actors in the world today. And that shines bright in this film as he portrays potentially the strangest man in the world, Tommy Wisseau. To portray someone who has an accent must be very challenging. But to portray someone who won’t tell you where they are from must be unimaginable.
James Franco uses the mystery surrounding Tommy Wisseau as fuel for his character as we are never sure what he is going to do. James brought life to a character that was supposed to have none. His quiet one-liners, and hordes of mispronounced words paved the way for this film to shine.
- Dave Franco
It is hard to grow up in the shadow of an older sibling. It is even harder to step out of that shadow and create a name for yourself in such a star-studded cast. But James Franco has come into his own as an actor and someone who be a leading man. Although he is a costar in this film, he is able to carry parts of it with his humor and charm. Dave is able to bring a sense of relatability to this character that allows the audience to really connect with him, just as if he were your buddy who lived down the street.
- Sequel aspect
Although this is a minor dislike, it still was something I had to get past. I had not seen the original movie, The Room, and the whole time I was watching this film I couldn’t help but think that I was missing something. This is no fault of the director and producers as it is hard to avoid, when making a movie about another. However as good as this film was I must be a little picky about what was wrong with it.
The Disaster Artist is an incredible film that I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot and story are great selling points, but what really makes this film was the acting. James Franco should be nominated and win many awards come this awards season and it will be well deserved. If you have to opportunity to brave the cold blistery winter I highly recommend seeing The Disaster Artist.