The Disaster Artist

Golden Globe nominee for Best Film (Comedy)

The Disaster Artist positively revels in the risible artistic decisions of The Room’s writer/director/producer/star, Tommy Wiseau, and lets director/producer/star James Franco indulge himself marvellously as the paranoid filmmaker. But it does so while remaining clear-eyed about the work that goes into even a terrible film, while revealing the camaraderie of Wiseau’s co-stars and crew, all of whom effectively became his hostages over the course of the production.

Poster for the making-of-a-bad-movie movie The Disaster ArtistFranco packs the cast with friends and family: his brother Dave plays co-star Greg Sestero (from whose memoir this film was adapted); Dave’s wife, Alison Brie, plays Sestero’s girlfriend Amber; buddy Seth Rogen (also a producer) is Wiseau’s script supervisor, and so on. The whole picture feels like a party. Whether or not you actually like The Room is irrelevant; The Disaster Artist is its own giddy thing, and you don’t have to force yourself to laugh.

– Norman WIlner, NOW Toronto

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