158 days in a row…

158 days in a row at the cinema! Today I saw The Disaster Artist.

Oh, hi Disaster Artist! You’re my best friend. Sure, OK, the beginning of our relationship was a little slow and too normal, yeah? Ha ha ha ha! But then things got interesting and we have so much fun together! I laughed so hard sometimes that it’s tearing me apart! Now we’re best friends and I can’t wait to see you again. Ha ha ha ha!

{Tommy Wiseau emoji}

The Disaster Artist is made for someone like me, someone who loves cinema and who has seen The Room. After writing an extensive review of The Room, I enjoyed watching what the ‘actual’ filming was like, and laughed out loud several times during the film. But what I appreciated the most in The Disaster Artist was Franco’s approach to the material, which was definitely comedic but also respectful. Maybe not so respectful of Tommy Wiseau the man, but definitely respectful of Tommy’s dream of making a film, which is what Wiseau has in common with James Franco and why The Disaster Artist is ultimately a film for those with a passion for cinema.

Is it perfect? Hell, no. I found the exposition of Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero’s friendship overly long as I waited impatiently for the filming of The Room to begin. Additionally, Josh Hutcherson seemed miscast as Philip Haldiman (Denny in The Room), as he was too old and chose to play the role tongue in cheek rather than sincere, and his terrible wig!? Hutcherson’s awful wig and, even worse, Dave Franco’s fake hair and fake beard were so poor as to be distracting.

In the end, however, The Disaster Artist stands as a wonderful homage not just to The Room, but to the magic of shite films everywhere.

Out of a possible 10, I have 7 Fs to give.

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