The Disaster Artist is so good, it actually makes me want to rewatch The Room

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 04:29:49 AM. James Franco pulls off what Tommy Wiseau only dreamed of
Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the Toronto International Film Festival. I’ve never really considered The Room, the midnight cult favorite from writer-director-producer-star Tommy Wiseau, to be a movie as much as it is an immersive experience. It’s a film so bad, it actually can’t be enjoyed alone at home, even by viewers under the influence. It’s more like The Rocky Horror Picture Show: a pop culture curiosity where the real joy is interacting with other members of a live audience in a shared moment of How did this even happen? catharsis. Given that, I didn’t really know what to expect going into James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. Based on the book by The Room co-star Greg Sestero, it tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Wiseau and Sestero, which ultimately led to what’s considered by some to be the worst movie ever made. But it raises a simple question: if the stupefying mystery of how The Room could even exist is part of its weird appeal, would a movie explaining that ruin the fun? Not in the slightest. Franco has created a movie that is not just hilarious, accessible, and an incredible amount of fun in its own right, but it had me more eager to revisit Wiseau’s train wreck than ever before. What’s the genre? Comedy. More specifically, a comedic bromance biopic. Tim Burton’s Ed Wood is the obvious reference point, but The Disaster Artist is able...Read more
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