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Recipe for disaster: Tommy Wiseau biopic is more than it seems

William Wright

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Considered to be the worst movie ever made, “The Room” has risen since it’s initial two week flop at a small theater in Los Angeles to cult status and become one of the most infamous pictures of all time. Drawing legions of tuxedo donning, football wielding fans worldwide to screenings all year long it reaches a prestige level close to that of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

Tommy Wiseau, the writer, director, producer and star of The Room is quite possibly the most enigmatic and absurd celebrity in existence. Wiseau’s background is shrouded in mystery. He claims to be an American with no further explanation. His is known for his highly eccentric character, an unplaceable accent and an innumerable amount of money (used to fund The Room) with absolutely no explicit origin. “The Room”’s fabled production has become the basis for Seth Rogan and James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” based on the book by Wiseau’s co-star and friend Greg Sestero.

I was given the chance to attend a press preview of the film through a friend of mine a month before its release. Rogan and Franco, notorious for crude and outrageous comedies, delve right into the intrigue of the cultural phenomenon as a biopic, taking time to explore the story instead of losing plot to laughs. Franco delivers a spot on performance as Tommy Wiseau, capturing him with such eerie precision it was sometimes hard to determine whether or not it was the real Wiseau himself. The relationship between him and Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is the centerpiece of the plot inviting the audience to laugh at the farcical behavior but also feel sorry for the two, catching what might just be a glimpse into the mind and motivation of Tommy Wiseau.

There were plenty of amusing scenes but I was slightly disappointed, as I sort of expected more humor. While it was a comedy, a large portion of the film has a darker, more serious tone, which was an unexpected approach but gave the film more merit as a biopic rather than just entertainment. “The Disaster Artist” is an enjoyable movie but it had potential to be a lot funnier than it turned out to be. For fans of “The Room”, it’s a fun homage to the cult classic, and those unfamiliar will still find amusement typical of Rogan-Franco comedies. While it may not be the greatest movie ever made, compared to it’s subject matter it could be.

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