The Disaster Artist (2017)

Written by: Noah Friend

The Disaster Artist—a Golden Globe nominated film about perhaps the worst and yet most fascinating film of all time. Based on the book by Greg Sestero, James Franco uses his many talents to convey the true story with alarming detail and accuracy. When comparing the original scenes to the remade scenes from the film it is incredibly difficult to decipher the difference—a testament to the incredible directing of James Franco and acting from some of comedy’s biggest names such as Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, Nathan Fielder, Judd Apatow and more.

Although this film is a comedy, I left the theater feeling both frightened and inspired. I felt frightened as an artist of the possibility that I could be pouring everything I am into an idea and being unaware of how terrible the idea or my decisions actually are. However, I also felt inspired as an artist of the unrelenting determination of Tommy (James Franco). Even though everyone told him he could not make it as an entertainer, he refused to accept that as an answer and because of that his film, while not what he originally intended, wound up becoming one of the most popular cult films of all time. Every person who ever wanted to create should see this film as it is not only a beautiful tribute to the very true story of the room, but also one of James Franco’s best roles of his career. ★★★★★

Mercer Malakoff