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The Disaster Artist - A Beautiful Disaster

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Submitted by Bethany on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:43

I'll start by saying that I have never seen The Room - but after this movie I so want to.  I know it's supposedly the worst movie ever made, but from it we got this gem of a movie starring James Franco as the fascinating main character.  I was entranced by this movie - knowing that all of the people were really people made it all the more entertaining for me.  Had this movie not been based on the truth, I don't think I would have believed half of the things that happened, or the way people behaved. 

It's a wild ride as we follow Greg, a fairy normal young man with dreams of acting, and Tommy, his older, strange friend with a mysterious background. They bond slowly in San Francisco, then Tommy reveals he has an apartment in LA, so they decided to move there together and pursue their dreams of fame and fortune.  The road is bumpy, as it often is in that business, even more so for those with...shall we say, minimal talent. So Tommy takes the bull by the horns and writes his own script, casts Greg as the second leading man, and sets out to make a movie. 

What ensues is equal parts hilarious, ridiculous, and second hand embarrassing.  I loved watching how the movie crew and other actors responded to Tommy, and how Greg tried to facilitate relationships and keep things on an even keel, even as his own relationship with Tommy grew contentious.  It was fun to see behind the scenes of the making of a movie, even a not very good one.   The one thing that distracted me the entire movie, was the casting of Dave Franco as Greg.  James Franco was superb as Tommy, and while Dave was good, I just couldn't forget the fact that they are brothers.  They look so much alike, twins separated by a few years, so it was unbelievable to see them as mere friends.  But it wasn't enough to make me dislike the movie, just a minor irritant. 

Overall it was fantastic and I highly recommend!