The Disaster Artist, in its purest form, is a celebration of the dreamer and the ability to make their dream reality– even if the end result is a little different than they initially intended.
James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau – an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable – into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”), here is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend— and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. Get a load of this cast…James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Seth Rogen, Dave Franco, J.J. Abrams, Kate Upton, Kristen Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Megan Mullally, Adam Scott, Alison Brie, and Melanie Griffith. Rated R (1 hr 45 min)
San Francisco Chronicle
This movie is seriously funny, surprisingly funny, not funny in a way that you ever decide to laugh, but funny like you couldn’t keep quiet even if you wanted to. The laughs, as they say, keep coming.
Franco’s own movie works best as a portrait of the complicated friendship between Greg and Tommy, and it’s an inspired idea to have real-life brothers Dave and James play best friends — we can sense alternating undercurrents of exasperation and affection beneath every exchange
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
James Franco is fascinatingly weird as Wiseau, and brother Dave Franco complements him perfectly as a regular guy who has little choice but to go with his flow
As a director, Franco succeeds beautifully at bringing coherence to chaos, a word that accurately describes the making of this modern midnight-movie phenomenon. Do you need to see “The Room” to appreciate The Disaster Artist? Not really.
It feels only appropriate that James Franco, an actor and director for whom weirdness is next to godliness, would be the one to tell his story.