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“I have thoughts. Not exactly the same as you, but similar. They tell me that I’m fat or psychotherapy is… is not a worthwhile exercise, that it’s not real, that I should’ve aimed higher than a government job, that my potential is being squandered, that I’m unworthy of love.”

“But none of that’s true. So what do you do about it?”

“Well, I can't shut them off entirely, nor would I want to. But I can argue against them.”

The Voices (2014), dir: Marjane Satrapi.

“We all know each other but haven’t necessarily shared the screen together. It looked like it was going to be a masculine kind of act-off. And ironically, with the exception of Ben Mendelsohn, I think Jacki Weaver actually slipped through the back door and took the top honours.”

“Jacki’s everybody’s Mum. She’s one of those personalities. But you’ve got to earn her respect as well.’‘ 

–  Joel Edgerton commending Jacki Weaver for holding her own on the testosterone-heavy set of "Animal Kingdom”

Oh, “The Disaster Artist” did nahhhht.

The Disaster Artist is an American biographical comedy-drama film that tells these story of when Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

If you haven’t seen the cult classic film, The Room, you need to see it. Right now. And then see The Disaster Artist. If it’s one thing that you won’t regret in your life, it’d be this.

The film marks the first collaboration between the Franco brothers (James and Dave), though it makes sense when Dave Franco explained in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, “I didn’t want people to think I was riding on his coattails.” Even with this collaboration, it’s both Dave and James’ best roles yet, despite some stranger and more comedic choices they tend to make with their choices in roles. They have a reputation that precedes them but this definitely proves that they’re just that good.

James actually makes you strangely care about the character of Tommy Wiseau as his imitation is picture perfect. It’s one thing to imitate someone but something else to actually embody them completely and in doing so, making it incredibly funny as well as a real person. And in doing so, he helps lead the way for Josh Hutcherson’s Phillip//Denny, Zac Efron’s Dan//Chris-R, Ari Graynor’s Juliette//Lisa, and Jacki Weaver’s Carolyn//Claudette. The cast truly take on the mannerisms of the people they’re based upon and each element of the production from the set design to the cinematography, it makes the film an impressive technical as well as something truly creative.

As a director, James does brilliantly in bringing this insane madness together and you don’t have to have seen the source material to enjoy The Disaster Artist And it shouldn’t be a surprise that the initial reviews of the film that came through are quite exceptional with a 95% approval rating on 100 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film The Disaster Artist is based off is one of the best examples of "its so bad, it’s good” film. A large portion of the film is wholly dedicated to a series of unrelated subplots that are ultimately unresolved because of the films extremely inconsistent narrative structure, that’s made note of in The Disaster Artist. And this is exactly why it became so popular – the absolutely bizarre nature of the film and it’s unconventional storytelling with its technical and narrative flaws. From the mastermind behind the film, it’s said that the film is semi-autobiographical and is “an advisory warning about the perils of having friends.” Okay, then.

The Room has regular showings in theatres worldwide, with many hoisting monthly events, where fans interact with the films in a smiler style to that of The Rocky Horror Picture Show where the audience dress up as their favourite characters and throw plastic spoons in reference to an unexplained framed photo of a spoon on a table in Johnny’s living room, yell insulting comments about the quality of the film as well as lines from the film itself, and toss rugby balls to one another from short distances.

After the conclusion of The Room both Tommy Wiseau and his best friend Greg Sestero had a falling out and its only in 2018 that they would reunite for the comedy-thriller, Best F®iends.

While The Disaster Artist may feel like it’s nothing we haven’t seen before in terms of plot and about an artist just trying to chase his dream, more often than not hindering himself more than anything, that’s not what the film is about. It’s a must watch film for fans of The Room and is an outrageously hilarious film about the art of how not to make a film.

Film-O-Meter: 9/10.