The Disaster Artist is a good movie about the making of a terrible one.
That would be The Room – a crime against cinema perpetrated in 2003 by eccentric and enigmatic auteur Tommy Wiseau, and the subject of James Franco’s dramatisation of how this masterpiece of ineptitude (which has since become a cult favourite) was brought into existence. As a filmmaker Franco has always favoured bizarre and experimental projects, and taking his cues from Wiseau, directs and stars in this adaptation of Room actor Greg Sestero’s memoir. Sestero (played by Dave Franco) first encounters Wiseau (James Franco) – who resembles the lovechild of Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and the Vampire Lestat – in a San Francisco drama class. The pair abruptly head off to LA to make it big in Hollywood, and when they don’t, the inexplicably wealthy Wiseau takes a DIY approach to his dream project, despite having no idea how to make a movie. The Disaster Artist is a hilarious companion piece to Tim Burton’s Ed Wood; a love letter to a misfit moviemaker and a reminder that truly great bad movies aren’t deliberately made – they’re the result of an earnest belief in an artistic vision, with none of the skills required to achieve it.
Release Date: 28 March 2018
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen
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DVD & BD
- Directing a Disaster
DVD & BD
- Oh, Hi Mark: Making a Disaster
- Just a Guy Leaning on a Wall: Getting to Know Tommy
- Feature Commentary with James Franco, Dave Franco, Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero, Scott Neustadtler, Michael H. Weber