The Disaster Artist (2017)

Many of us today have seen at least one movie that’s truly awful in every aspect (bad acting, directing etc), but to you personally, it’s somehow enjoyable. Or, maybe it’s a film that’s lots of fun to watch when you have the right group of friends around the flat screen. Maybe, some of us watched a film over and over at a young age and as you got older you realised “This is seriously a bad film- how did I ever like it!?” Some of my personal, favourite, horrible films are:
* The Marine (2006)
* Kung Pow (2002)
* The Pirate Movie (1892)

In 2003, a motion picture film titled “The Room” came to cinemas and changed the world. Its lead actor was a man named Tommy Wiseau, who at the time, many had never heard off. In 2003 the film did rather poorly in cinemas, critics and cinemas audiences alike disliking it. But, as time went on, the film actually developed a massive cult following and is now to be considered by many “a masterpiece”. The Disaster Artist, 2017, is a film about the creation and workings of this very film.

Before I go on any further, I must confess- I personally have never watched the entire duration of the 2003 movie, The Room. I have; however, watched key scenes (not the sex scenes!) in the past as I was curious how this film become so damn popular. Needless to say, many people loved the film because it was just so bad. For some, it’s a treasured comedy.

The Disaster Artist starts with Greg (Dave Franco), an actor who is currently struggling to remove his shyness during his acting classes where he holds back in fear. He meets a new guy in a class named Tommy (James Franco), who appears fearless on the stage and has no care of what others think. Tommy is a man who is willing to give it all to make his way to the top. Tommy soon meets Dave and helps him become a man of confidence on stage. The two of them also develop a strong friendship and agree to never let each other fall down, to always encourage one another and never stop until their shared dreams come true.

After Tommy (James Franco) continues to be rejected for acting jobs in film, he decides now is the time to write, direct and be the lead actor in his very own film. Tommy also asks for the help of his friend Dave, asking him to play a key role in the film in hopes that he too will become famous.

For those who didn’t know, the two lead actors of Tommy and Greg are actually brothers in real life (James and Dave). At no point did the film show the family connection on screen. 

When I heard this film was in post-production, I struggled to picture the pretty boy actor, James Franco, in this role. This is a character that he has truly nailed 100%- James Franco IS Tommy Wiseau. The mannerisms, the costumes, the vocals, heck- even the quirky laugh- all make James Franco unrecognisable and had me leaving the cinema absolutely shocked and full of praise. The humour in the film are not jokes added or altered by the actor James Franco, but simply a portrayal of what actually occurred in the making of “The Room”.

Considering this film is about the making of one of the worst films in history, The Disaster Artist will also have the audience members left feeling rather positive and encouraged. 

While the film does feel like it’s been completed in High Definition, it also feels like it has been filmed with the use of a basic handy cam. The camera at times will also shake out of the frame and some shots are poorly focused… BUT! The film’s issues are all nods to the 2003 film “The Room”- simply brilliant parts of the film’s humour. The film style and tone also makes it feel early 2000’s as the film also discusses High Def and Digital camera work.

The Disaster Artist is clever, creative, well written and brilliantly acted. James Franco has delivered his best work here as Director and Lead Actor. Funnily enough, Tommy Wiseau also acted and directed in the 2003 film “The Room”.  

9.2/10

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Set in 1983 in a slow and quiet town, the film follows a deputy named Norman Young (Brenton Thwaites). Norman is known as a good man and a good deputy within his local community. On the other hand, his brother, Ray (Ben Robson), is known for general mischief and is...

The Furnace (2020)

Hanif (Ahmed Malek) is an Afghan cameleer who has desires to leave the Australian outback. At the start of the film, we witness a horrific moment in Hanif's life that makes him fed up with his current ways, including his beliefs regarding religion. This tragic moment...

Twist (2021)

Twist (2021) - Movie Review 27th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on the well-known novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, here we have a new modern style on the classic tale.  The film introduces us to Oliver Twist (or Twist for short), who grows...

Who is Gatsby Randolph? (2019)

This is not based on a true story; this is a true story. The film introduces us to the legendary Gatsby Randolph through interviews by William Geoffrey, host of the TV show Lifestyles of the Elite & Famous.  William is invited into Gatsby's stunning home not...

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (2021) - Movie Review 22nd April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Mortal Kombat (2021) follows Cole (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who tries to earn cash by putting on a good show in the ring.  He also fights to make money for his partner and young...

Land (2021)

Land (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Edee (Robin Wright) is dealing with a significant personal tragedy in the present day. Her sister encourages her to get counselling, which she tries, but nothing helps Edee's wounds and current...

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021)

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021) - Movie Review 21st April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden The United States Vs Billie Holiday follows the career of the talented jazz singer Billie Holiday.  We witness many highlights from Billie's life, including...

Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)

Based on actual events from the year 1939 and a couple of weeks before WWII begins. A strange event occurs with a teacher working at a German all-girls boarding school, Augusta-Victoria College, Bexhill-on-Sea. The teacher, along with his camera, has vanished without...

El Americano: The Movie (2016)

The film follows a small, male, Mexican parrot named Cuco. Cuco and his family are part of a well-known circus, but Cuco is sick of being in the family business; instead, he would rather become an ultimate crime fighter. When Cuco isn't working with the family circus,...

The Dry (2020)

Aaron Falk (Eric Bana) is a detective located in Melbourne, Australia. He receives word that one of his childhood friends has committed suicide after murdering his family. Aaron returns to his hometown to pay his respects, but what he hoped would be a short visit back...

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

A stranger is driving along a road when his car breaks down. Upon investigating, he finds spikes were laid on the street, popping all four of his tyres. He accepts a ride with someone who inspects his car, letting him know it will take $1,000 to fix.  Leaving his...

Nobody (2021)

The film opening shows us a stranger locked up in an interrogation room with a small kitty cat.  When questioned as to who he is, he answers that he is, in fact, a Nobody.  We are then shown flashbacks, telling us that the man's name is Hutch (Bob Odenkirk),...

Ascendant (2021)

Ascendant (2021) - Movie Review 14th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A young woman named Aria Wolf (Charlotte Best) wakes up in an elevator, finding she is tied up and blindfolded. She soon breaks free from her bindings and discovers that she is alone in a...

Gunda (2020)

Gunda is a documentary that examines the daily life of several animals living on a farm. Some of these animals include a large pig, a couple of cows and a one-legged chicken. The film takes its audience on a journey while watching these animals doing various...

Voyagers (2021)

Voyagers (2021) - Movie Review 11th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden Based on a novel by Stephen King, The Dead Zone follows Johnny (Christopher Walken), a teacher who is head over heels in love with a woman he hopes to marry in due time. But things go wrong when...

Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020)

- Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula - Photo Credit: Jake Jung/Shudder Following on from Train to Busan (released in 2016), the film reminds its viewers of what has happened in Korea after a deadly virus changed the world forever. It has been four years since the...

Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

Set during WWII, Captain Maude Garret (Chloe Grace Moretz) is given urgent orders to hitch a ride on a B-17 bomber plane and a mysterious cargo package to carry. Her orders also include protecting the box and not allowing anyone on board the flight to open it at all...

Run (2020)

The film begins with a patient in the hospital, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has just given birth to a baby girl named Chloe. But as Diane wakes up after giving birth and having an operation, she receives an update from the doctors about her baby, leaving her eager to...

Embryo (2020)

In this film, many mysterious happenings involving extraterrestrials have occurred around Snowdevil Mountain, Chile.  This film introduces one of these bizarre and twisted stories. The leading case we follow is about a young couple, Kevin (Domingo Guzman) and...

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020)

Two by Two: Overboard! (2020) - Movie Review 4th April 2021 Written by Peter Walkden A flood has occurred on the Earth, and Noah’s massive Ark is still drifting with every type of animal onboard, including good buddies Finny and Leah. But with the Ark drifting for...

Tom & Jerry (2021)

The epic battle continues between Tom (the cat) and Jerry (the little mouse), this time in a movie based on the well-known cartoon series. After the two's most recent battle, Jerry decides to hide in the famous Royal Gate Hotel, hoping to begin a new life. Naturally,...

Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

Continuing from Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), Godzilla continues to hide from the world, and years have passed. But suddenly, Godzilla comes back to the surface and unexpectedly destroys a massive high-tech company. The world is now in fear as Godzilla makes his...

At Close Range (1986)

Based on a true story. Brad (Sean Penn) is a young man who enjoys doing very little in life other than hanging out with friends, drinking and smoking. He has no interest in getting a job unless he needs to buy something such as a nice car, but otherwise, he is...

The Witches (2020)

The film begins with a narration (surprisingly by Chris Rock), who talks to a group of young kids and warns them about the existence of witches. The film then goes back to the year 1967 and introduces us to a young boy (played by Jahzir Bruno) who sadly lost both of...

Kajillionare (2020)

Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) lives with her parents Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins).  The family of three are con artists who are willing to do anything and everything to scam and steal at every single opportunity.  You see, Theresa and...

The War with Grandpa (2020)

After getting in trouble at his local supermarket, Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro) is encouraged by his daughter Sally (Uma Thurman) to move out of his old home and in with his daughter and the rest of the family. Naturally, Grandpa is not overly fond of the idea and...

Hunter Hunter (2020)

We follow a family who lives in a cabin in the wild woods.  Joseph (Devon Sawa), Anne (Camille Sullivan), and Renee (Summer H. Howell) work as fur trappers and are struggling to make ends meet financially. Anne suggests to Joseph they move away from the woods and...

The Reckoning (2020)

A horrible sickness is plaguing the land of England. The Reckoning follows Grace (Charlotte Kirk), who makes the awful discovery that her husband killed himself after becoming sick.  Feeling it was the only way to protect Grace and their child, he left her alone to...

Centigrade (2020)

Inspired by actual events, Centigrade follows Naomi (Genesis Rodriguez), a novelist travelling with her husband Matt (Vincent Piazza). While the two are travelling to Norway for a book tour, they decide to stop their SUV and get some rest.  They also cannot drive...