The Disaster Artist (2017)

“The Room” has been celebrated a hundred times over, ad nauseaum, since it became a small midnight movie hit years after its initial release. Since then every critic and columnist far and wide has had their chance with it, and every respective movie buff has seen it, combed over it, and even read the book “The Disaster Artist.” Based on the film’s co-star Greg Sestero’s experiences with its eccentric director and working on the inexplicably demanding film, “The Disaster Artist” by director James Franco and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Webe, is a love letter to Wiseau’s ambition that asks why.

Franco could have easily dipped in to parody of Wiseau, playing he man known a Tommy to even those who know him best, Franco adds a lo of pathos to a man so self obsessed he finds I tough to believe that he’s anything less than Hitchcock. His story begins with the meeting of Greg Sestero, who he comes across during an acting class. Tommy and Greg end up bringing something out of one another as his insistence that /Greg open up more, allows Greg momentum as an actor. Tommy, however, begins to flounder and soon finds it’s scary to believe that Greg might leave him behind to become a successful actor. Once Tommy realizes that out of the pair that he might be the misfit, he begins concocting “The Room.”

Franco’s pet project is simultaneously a comedy drama about two friends, a satire about one of the biggest cult hits of all time, and yes even a commentary about filmmaking. Wiseau makes all the wrong moves when making what he’s convinced will be his cinematic masterpiece, from working against his crew, and never taking anyone’s advice. This ultimately backfires as Wiseau becomes his own worst enemy, while Sestero feels he owes him a debt we’re never quite let in on, even in the end. By no means does Franco’s adaptation dare to suggest that “The Room” is a misunderstood masterpiece, but he does pay brilliant homage to the idea of ambition, however blind and ruthless. Say what you want about Tommy Wiseau, but a hack he is not.

He at least had ambition, and drive, at the end of the day. That’s basically what “The Disaster Artist” boils down to. At least he had the ambition to reach for what he wanted. And it may not have turned out how he planned, but “The Room” gave Tommy Wiseau a brief brush with cult fame and even infamy. “The Disaster Artist” is a stellar representation of that series of events leading to “The Room,” and may even help fans look at it in a new light.