The Disaster Artist details the incredible true story behind the making of The Room, a 2003 film that quickly became a cult hit due to its reputation as "the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made." This comedy-drama chronicles its production, and how it emerged from the friendship between weirdo auteur Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and struggling actor Greg Sestero (Dave Franco). Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, and Josh Hutcherson co-star. James Franco also directed.~Jack Rodgers
Audio Commentary with Director James Franco, Dave Franco, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero
Oh, Hi Mark!: Making a Disaster
Directing a Disaster
Just a Guy Learning on a Wall: Getting to Know Tommy
The Room is considered one of the worst films ever made, amongst worthy contenders as Troll 2, Tough Guys Don't Dance and any film made by the likes of Ed Wood and Neill Breen. It is a drama that aspired to join the upper echelons of great dramas like A Streetcar Named Desire or Rebel Without A Cause, but instead is a classic for its terrible qualities. A screenplay with inept plotting; story threads looser than an untied shoe, ear-bleedingly bad dialogue, and nonsensical dramatic points. Performances that range from bland, to bad to just plain bizarre. Terrible direction, bad cinematography, random edits, pictures of plastic spoons and so.... much... football. The movie was directed by one Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote and started as Johnny, a man who loves his girlfriend named Lisa, who loves Johnny's best friend, Mark, played by Greg Sestero. Sestero, an actor without much luck or success until starring in this classic, eventually wrote a novel about the mystery of Wiseau, the making of The Room and the after-effects of this legendary bad egg, which this film, The Disaster Artist, is based on.
James Franco dons the terrible wig and the odd, but infectious, European accent and also directs this tale on the meeting of Sestero (James Franco's brother Dave Franco) and making the film while also going into their friendship and how the film affected their lives. It's fairly refreshing look on how a bad film is made (like Ed Wood, but only on one film), showing the pure ineptitude of Wiseau in every department related to anything artistic (His acting, Sestero's hilarious reaction to reading The Room for the first time, Wiseau buying a film & digital camera, shooting side-by-side because he didn't know what the difference was) but is a gold mine with very deep pockets (Another unseen side in a film of this type, with a crew member scared of his paycheck bouncing in a bank). Even though the making of the film is the primary focus, the real meat of the film is the personal side of their weird friendship, how it began, the unease of Wiseau being jealous of Sestero and his career that could surpass Wiseau in fame (Namely, a would be cameo spot on Malcolm in the Middle offered by Bryan Cranston himself that is killed by Wiseau out of rage) and a scene that escalated to a fight on camera over betrayals from each party. It is a hilariously yet sad and a kind of pathetic look into filmmaking of the bad variety. James Franco, who also directs, delivers a terrific performance with a spot-on Wiseau accent that easily could've been a parody but injects enough heart in the performance to easily make him a human being, no matter how odd of a character Wiseau truly is. The other Franco also scores as the caring friend of Tommy, with the rest of the cast being absolutely amazingly good as those people who suffered for their art, or lack thereof. In fact, everything in the film is great, offering a superb look at a garbage masterpiece of junk cinema.
Luckily the qualities of the film are transferred easily to this delectable Bluray combo pack. The picture quality isn't one of pristine condition, with the film shot digitally in low-light conditions oftentimes, which can muddy up the details, but it offers a sharp picture with clarity that could only be enhanced on UHD (Since it was finished in 4k, it would look great on that format). The audio isn't one to break the foundation of your 2-story home in the suburbs, but the 7.1 TrueHD offers a great experience with the lively LA scenes, music and dialogue reproduced without a hitch.
The extras are decent enough, but could've had a nice feature length documentary on the making of the film, maybe a full on shot for shot remake of the Room, or even a copy of The Room included, but what's here is a nice addition. Starting off is a funny commentary featuring the two Franco's and the writers, but as a treat, we also have Wiseau and Sestero themselves on board and it's worth it for those two alone. Great stuff. Next up are 3 featurettes with an EPK behind-the-scenes look, a look on how James Franco perfected that accent and celebraties talking about Wiseau. Lastly, there is a hilarious gag reel (Josh Hutcherson's Denny is the highlight) and a trailer complete the extras, along with a DVD with the same extras and a digital code to complete this decent package.
Overall, the film itself is worth it alone, but with a quality bluray presentation with some worthwhile extras, it's totally recommended.
This is a truly entertaining and original movie. It's based on actual events, but if it was made up, you'd almost be tempted to say it's not "believable". Two nobodies team up to pursue their acting dream, one of them more than a little bizarre; they get nowhere so decide to make their own movie ("The Room"), which turns out to be just bad enough that it gains cult status as "the worst movie ever made" and actually turns a profit while making them famous in the process.
But this is more than just that story; it's a story of friendship, chasing one's dream, never giving up and learning to make the best of a bad situation.
Excellent movie, worthy of "Best Picture" status imo.
This film gives a reason to the saying “it’s so bad that it’s good” for the cult classic the room. James Franco and his brother Dave are great as the leads and there’s even a cameo by Bryan Cranston!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Oh hello second viewing!
I did not like this movie the first time I watched it. After reading the book, I felt the relationship between the two characters was not as strong and believable upon my first viewing. I have watched The Room several times and know enough about the making of it and the director to catch any Easter eggs or references this film may have called out.
After the second viewing though, I appreciated it a lot more. I don't know what it was, maybe it was the people I watched it with or certain things I may have missed, but The Disaster Artists is a good movie. As a member of the film industry, this is certainly a love letter to all of those who inspire to see their films on billboards, have their name in lights, and just plain and simple, be known for something. After the second viewing I garnered more of that relationship and aspect and appreciated this film more.
how the room was made according to this film!
man i cant believe how james franco got the green light to have this made! if you guys followed tommy wiseu sorry for butchering his name
hes had a movie blocked for many many years that tackled how his original movie the room was made
but this is a funny mocumentary about it
"The Room" is one of the great BAD movies ever made, right up there (or down there, depending on your view) alongside "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Like Tim Burton's "Ed Wood," which spent a lot of money recreating the making of low low budget "Plan 9," "The Disaster Artist" loads up A-list talent to show us how ambitious schlock auteur Tommy Wiseau produced his opus. James Franco gives a terrific impression of the real Wiseau, complete with stringy hair and an indecipherable European accent, while younger brother Dave plays Wiseau's best friend and muse Greg Sestero. Seth Rogan, Zac Ephron, and Alison Brie offer capable comedic support. An inspired and oddly affectionate look at lovable losers on the outside looking in.