#MOVIEREVIEWMONDAYS: The Disaster Artist
“The Disaster Artist” (2017), directed by James Franco. chronicles the true story behind the making of “The Room” (2003), one of the "worst" films ever made, from the perspectives of director/star Tommy Wiseau (Franco) and co-star Greg Sestero (Dave Franco).
“The Disaster Artist” presents a brilliant mix of genre. The biographical story beautifully translates the comedic aspects of Wiseau’s bizarre, unpredictable behavior, as well as the dramatic conflict on the set of the 2003 cult classic.
The indisputably best part of the film is James Franco’s performance as the infamous Tommy Wiseau. Imitating his speech, body language, and reactions to near perfection, Franco stands as a major Oscar contender.
Despite there being a relatively low budget, the production value matches that of a Hollywood blockbuster. And minus a greater focus on character development rather than style, the film’s camerawork is sound, and is void of any issues with editing or other similar technical fouls.
The pairing of film’s screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber alongside Franco’s direction is rather underrated. Because of the strong talent behind each factor, the transitions between comedy and drama are smooth. Neither element disturbs the flow of the narrative, which is a common issue among comedy-dramas.
The only real issue I had with the film was the supporting cast. It is not to be mistaken, the performances were good. The real issue is that most of the supporting actors are cast in the shadow of the Franco brothers. There was plenty of potential for development and depth, with big figures such as Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, and Allison Brie dominating what should have been important roles. Instead, these serve as little more than cameos.
“The Disaster Artist” is a funny, yet tragic look into the lives of struggling figures in Hollywood, an image all too familiar to beginners in the film industry. Despite a lackluster supporting cast, strong leading portrayals by the Franco brothers will keep viewers glued to their seats.