The Disaster Artist (2017)
Tommy Wiseau is the name of the highly idiosyncratic, enigmatic and arguably not very talented actor and filmmaker who James Franco brings to life in this award-winning picture from 2017. The basis for it is the film The Room, which was released in 2003 to scathing reviews before soon being dubbed the worst movie ever made. It has since become a cult-classic, much like Plan 9 From Outer Space once did. And when watching The Disaster Artist, it becomes clear that The Room wasn't so much a case of a film project that went astray as it was the result of an absolutely eccentric and extraordinary human being expressing his vision to the best of his ability. James Franco both directs, produces and stars in this, much like Wiseau did himself with The Room, and Franco manages to maintain a wonderful and absolutely essential balance between serious and playful, between homage and mockery. We're feeling Wiseau's drive and ambition, perhaps even rooting for him, but we also want him to realize the hopelessness of his ambition. The Disaster Artist is a film that works on many levels and which arguably contain the same amount of observations and wisdom about life that Wiseau originally wanted The Room to boast. Look for several humorous cameos, including from Zac Efron, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Bob Odenkirk and Bryan Cranston. James Franco won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes for his rendition of Wiseau.