Oh Hi Mark! The Disaster Artist

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The Disaster Artist is a biography-comedy hybrid of making the cult classic movie The Room. We follow Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, two aspiring actors that become friends almost immediately. The two move to Los Angeles in order to pursue their movie career, and swear to push each other to their absolute limits. Unable to find a proper job, the two eventually agree that Tommy himself will make his own movie, with Greg as the co-star. Unfortunately, Tommy’s lack of experience towards the directing field leaves many difficulties on the path to stardom. He’s stressing everyone (himself included) out from poor working conditions to bouts of incompetence. Everyone is at their breaking point; will they be able to finish the movie in time? And will everyone love it, like in Tommy’s dreams? Normally this would be a cliffhanger, but seeing as we’ve all at least heard of The Room, we all know both answers: No to the first one, yes to the second one.

A biography-comedy is almost completely unheard of, since the two ideas normally clash. This is amongst one of the few topics where such a hybrid excels, since before this movie, very little was known about The Room. It gave us so much fill-in on how this movie even came to exist in addition to what happened backstage during recording. That being said, it would be a waste of comedic potential if it was just your ordinary documentary, since the whole situation happening before and during the movie seems to be just a series of ridiculous events that follow one another. It would also hold a much angrier, unpleasant tone, making it harder to watch if it was serious all throughout.

A small nit-pit I have is simply this: We don’t actually learn that much about Wiseau throughout the movie. Only the little things, such as what his apartments looked like, or why he made his movie to begin with. Since, in all honesty, Mr. Wiseau is as interesting as The Room itself., it would have been beneficial to learn more about him in the movie. That being said, he clearly values his privacy and we should respect that. But it does become problematic when the movie doesn’t give reasons for Wiseau being angry and jealous, or when he makes a rash decision of which no one else in his area agrees. They could make him more relatable if they went into his character a little, instead of using him as punchline for a majority of the movie, and then trying to get serious at the end of things.

The Disaster Artist is a telling of how a cult classic came to be, whether you love or hate it. It’s effectively a movie history lesson disguised as a comedy, and it works shockingly well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really clear up the enigma that is Tommy Wiseau, and we don’t really learn much behind his thought process. The Disaster Artist gets a 9/10. If it just showed us a little more detail, it could be one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. 

 

Sadly, this is my last movie review for the year, but rather than just leave without a trace, I’ve wanted to drop some advice for everyone who reads these reviews. That advice is : Don’t you EVER give up on what you believe in. Does this sound cheesy? Absolutely! But it’s genuine advice. Be like Mr. Wiseau. He was told he would never get far with his movie or acting career, but he soldiered through, and made one of the most beloved (for one reason or another) movies of all time. Everyone shows limitless potential, and each person can tackle any adversary coming their way. The road to your dreams is never easy, but it’s worth fighting for. With this, I’ll say goodbye.