Benjamin Maio Mackay
The Disaster Artist - 4.5 Stars
James Franco shines in a masterpiece about the “best” worst film ever made.
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.
The Room is infamous and the story and people behind it are intriguing. Many years ago Greg Sentero wrote a book about his experience making the film and now the Franco brothers, along with Seth Rogen have teamed up to turn it into a film. What could’ve easily become a film that mocks The Room and the people behind it, this is actually a touching, yet funny look at the off-set drama.
James Franco directs and stars amazingly, he may well be the underdog of this awards season - he captures Tommy’s unique voice and look perfectly. Dave Franco is equally strong as Greg and the ensemble cast of Josh Hutcherson, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Jackie Weaver. One of the great things about the film is how it focuses on the relationship between Tommy and Greg. After having read the book the film does take cinematic licence in altering some events (especially the ending), but even so the intentions remain the same.
Overall an excellent movie that is sure to get some love this awards season!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment