The Worst Film James Franco Has Ever Made: The Disaster Artist
The Disaster Artist, everyone is talking about it. Everyone is raving about its creativity and originality. It is beyond hyped right now with a rating of 92% on the Tomatometer of, what is perhaps the internet’s most popular website for reviewing movies, Rotten Tomatoes. With that high of a rating and so many critics acclaiming it, the movie cannot be all that bad…right?
Based on the life of Polish immigrant actor, writer, and director Tommy Wiseau, the Disaster Artist focuses on the conceptualization, filming and directing of what is considered the worst movie to ever have been made; the Room. It focuses on Tommy Wiseau’s life and how hard he chased a dream to make a film. However, it portrays his life in a comedic and almost brutal light as he tried to follow his ambition to create his own personal ‘masterpiece’ of a film in 2003. The movie is harsh, to the point, and even crude at times.
What seems like a well-disguised case of bullying is being critically acclaimed as one of the best movies of 2017. However, honesty must be laid out. A film that focuses on the criticism for a film’s poor ability to be crafted with excellence is surely also guilty of bad storytelling in itself. And that is exactly what shows through.
The Disaster Artist comes off as James Franco does. Someone who projects himself as enlightened and more than just any old actor for hire. He isn’t like the other actors out there.
The movie tries to position itself above another movie that is technically its predecessor. Because of this, and the way it attempts to look at the Room with some kind of critically “deep thought”, the Artist simply comes off as pretentious. It even prompts a feeling of pity for Tommy Wiseau and his journey to create the worst movie ever to be made.
The truth is, the Disaster Artist presents itself like a character study of Tommy Wiseau, but it comes off as such a sheer attempt in doing so. It is trivial and lacks any true substance. Watching the movie is like hearing a group of grade school children tells you stealing is bad. Of course, it is. We already knew that.
The Room is undoubtedly bad. With its robotic acting, melodrama, and plot line that seems even unsure of itself. However, there is absolutely no denying that it is a cult classic. Considered the worst movie ever made or not, there is a reason why it is still remembered today. Why it is still consumed even after people look at it and say that it is the worst movie to exist.
Unfortunately, the Disaster Artist does not leave the same impact. The film comes across as exceedingly patronizing in its message of the dangers of chasing a dream too far. Somewhere along the line, it lost the message it was so desperately trying to get across, which was most likely achieved in all of its chastising.
The Disaster Artist may be unique in concept, but it utterly fails to authentically deliver its intended story. Instead, it comes across as a patronizing and pretentious lesson being taught by a man who comes across equally as patronizing and pretentious. Like film like director.