RedLetterMedia's review, which is mixed-to-negative:
|Posted: 10 December 2017 at 10:53pm | IP Logged | 9
I saw the film, today, and I find myself agreeing with a number of RLM's points. THE DISASTER ARTIST is fun and entertaining, but rather slight, especially in comparison to the book. A lot of interesting details are condensed, omitted, or embellished. It feels more surface-level than it shoud, although it does (eventually) get into Wiseau's darker traits.
This is more of a loving tribute to THE ROOM and its mythos than it is a deep exploration of Wiseau and Sestero's friendship. That friendship--and its many ups and downs--is the key to what makes the book work. The movie glosses over some of the messier details in favor of celebrating the wacky spirit of do-or-die independent filmmaking, which is clearly what attracted Franco and Rogen to the project.
Franco pretty much disappears into the guise of Wiseau, and it's at times surreal to watch. I wouldn't be too surprised if he got an Oscar nomination. Dave Franco is clearly having fun, but he doesn't quite capture the energy of Sestero. Movie-Sestero comes off as rather naive, whereas the book presents him more as someone who suffers through all of Tommy's eccentricities for the sake of preserving their friendship.
Lots of celebrity cameos, lots of fun moments. The actual cast of THE ROOM is rather underserved, with the focus being almost entirely on Wiseau and Sestero. This is more of a ROOM fanfilm-tribute than it is a work which stands on its own. For fans, there's a lot to enjoy, but I wonder how people who aren't aware of THE ROOM and its backstory will take it.
Tommy's cameo comes in a fun little post-credits scene, although he also appears at the end of the film proper, which presents side-by-side comparisons of scenes from THE ROOM with Franco's recreations of them.
All in all, the film is definitely worth a look, but not quite a knockout. As RLM notes, it feels like there's a better and deeper movie than could have been made from this material. The book is better than the movie. I'd give it a solid "B".