Here’s Prize Box Production’s movie review of ‘The Disaster Artist”. In light of James Franco’s recent actions, we’d like to say that we strongly condemn these activities. Sexual assault is unacceptable, no matter the circumstance. However, Prize Box Productions would still like to share our feelings about the film. We hope you enjoy our first ever film review.
The Disaster Artist is actually art!
By Ricardo Lugo
The Disaster Artist is a classic that will be remembered for decades to come. The writing is impeccable, the acting is flawless and more importantly it’s very unique in an era of constant reboots and remakes. The film is about how Tommy Wiseau and his best friend, Greg Sestero, make what is considered the worst film of all time “The Room,” and along the way form a rich, enduring friendship.
The relationship between the two main characters is wonderfully developed in Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber’s screenplay. They must have thoroughly studied numerous mental disabilities to make the Tommy Wiseau character fit so well in the script. Tommy’s many social quirks, ranging from laughing at horrifying stories to performing classic theater in the middle of restaurants, are so bad that the viewer can’t help but love him. Even as we see him abuse his crew and torment his best friend, Greg, the writing just hypnotically keeps the viewer cheering for Tommy. You wind up asking yourself “Is that James Franco acting, or is Tommy Wiseau playing himself?”
Greg’s character development in the script is equally as compelling as Tommy’s antics. This character starts as an extremely shy and introverted aspiring actor. He’s so shy that he can’t perform a scene in an acting class that’s loaded with bad actors. However, as the script progresses, Greg’s friendship with Tommy strengthens. Through this relationship, he slowly becomes a confident and capable theater actor. Dave Franco portrays this development with such elegance that it’s easy to forget that it’s Dave Franco, rather than Greg Sestero.
Seth Rogan also stretches his dramatic chops quite far in this film. He plays the script supervisor Sandy Schklair who, as a filmmaker myself, I can closely relate too. Rogan’s character desperately tries to hold the production together even as Tommy’s antics get worse and worse.
The rest of the film’s cast perfectly display what it’s like to work on an indie production that they know is going to be bad. This issue becomes one of the greatest sub-plots in cinema. Why would someone work on a film that they know is going to be bad? As a director, I thought about this quiet often. However, this question is answered in a scene where Greg asks one of the actresses why she’d drive three hours to be in a film where she’s mistreated. The actress responds “We’re actors, Greg. Even the worst day on set is better than the best day anywhere else.”
I’m still trying to figure out what I didn’t like about the film, but I can’t find anything wrong with it. The director of Prize Box Productions, Lauren McGarrett gave it her classic rating: “It was good.” Take you friends or your significant other and go see this beautiful disaster!